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6 Steps For Getting Back on Track After Vacation

With Winter behind us, Spring can be an excuse to take a break from our daily lives, and many of us are antsy to take much-deserved vacations. Lying on the beach, sipping margaritas, and dining out daily are entirely relaxing and make it easy to think, "I could get used to this." Break temptation to continue your leisurely vacation habits and get back on track to your normal healthy lives with these six steps.

  1. Write down how many days you plan to exercise the first week back, but start slowly. After taking a long break from your regular workouts, begin with a less-intense workout than you'd usually do. You don't want to be so sore from day one that you have trouble moving the next day or two.
  2. Create a meal plan for the week. Outline a healthy menu and make a list for what to buy at the grocery store. Go to the store ASAP — your refrigerator is likely empty because you've been away, so leave only a small window to reduce takeout temptation.
  3. Revisit your health goals to motivate you. Write them down in your fitness and food journals, and take a peek whenever you need a little push.

To see three more steps, read more.

  1. Sustain your vacation-friendly mental health habits. Escaping with a book for 30 minutes in the evening instead of turning on the TV is reminiscent of your time off and a healthier habit overall.
  2. Continue putting on sunscreen every day. Just because you're not spending all day in the sun, it doesn't mean you're not exposed to harmful rays. Apply as part of your morning routine.
  3. Do some Spring cleaning. You're already doing loads of laundry from your vacation, so why not up the ante and get your home in Spring condition?


darc5204 darc5204 8 years
I'm with you, amylp! Exercise is a large part of what I do to relax, and I prefer active vacations. Swimming, water sports, hiking, running, or touring on foot are all great exercise. I still eat reasonable meals too, although I'm more likely to allow treats on vacation.
amylp amylp 8 years
I always do a bit of research before going on vacation so I can continue an exercise routine while away. Most gyms offer guest passes, and running is a great way to explore another city.
ally14 ally14 8 years
Thank you for posting this! I just came back from spring break and am having a tough time getting back to a normal exercise regime.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I always hit the store after coming back from a vacation...I hate having an empty fridge with no fruits and veggies in it. Speaking of spring cleaning, I really need to start. I think I'll wait until my husband has to go to Yuma again so I have full reign of the house and I'm able to throw all the crap out that's amassed this winter.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Good tips. Have fun, misskacie! :D
misskacie misskacie 8 years
I'm taking a big, fat, sunny vacation tomorrow! This will actually soon apply to me-- yipee! :)
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