If you’ve been enjoying margaritas by the pool, and cake by the ocean for the last few weeks the thought of working out can be daunting. Especially after a vacation where all meals are cheat meals. Even if you’re not a #CrazyFitnessLady everyone needs to get some sort of exercise in, especially after an unreal vacation.
There are some things to think about when you haven’t seen a treadmill in a few days, weeks, or even months. Here are some tips that you can keep in mind as you kick-start your fitness grind.
1. BEGIN WITH WHAT WORKS FOR YOU
After traveling on and off for the last few months, it wasn’t easy getting back into a routine. I committed to what I thought I could upkeep, which was twice a week. It doesn’t sound like much but I knew I could spare at least two hours a week for the gym. My biggest tip would be not to commit to too much too fast. You would be setting yourself up for failure if you did that, remember, slow and steady wins the race.
It’s been a few months now and I’m up to six days a week for an hour each day.
2. MAKE SURE YOUR WORKOUTS INCLUDE THREE COMPONENTS
When you’re getting back into fitness your workout should include, cardio, strength, and flexibility. Start off by stretching, this doesn’t mean spend the first ten minutes of your workout on the floor with your legs in a “v” scrolling through your instagram feed. I’m talking a quick 45 second stretch. Then do 45 – 60 minutes of cardio. If you hate the treadmill, try the elliptical, or machine bounce until you’ve completed your time.
The easiest way to include strength training into your workout is to use weights your last 10 minutes of your cardio. I like to use two 2 pound dumbbells as I’m cooling down on the treadmill. I do a combination of arm workouts with my dumbbells. Here is a little cheat sheet you can use.
3. STAY OCCUPIED DURING YOUR WORKOUT
This is something that I FULLY believe in. Listening to music just doesn’t cut it for me. I have to be watching something interesting in order for me to complete a workout. Right now I’m watching Scandal and I don’t even know where the time goes. So whether it’s two episodes of Friends, HIMYM, or anything else that interests you — trust me it makes a world of a difference!
4. STRIVE TO MAKE BETTER FOOD DECISIONS
Don’t waste your time unless your going to make an effort in all areas of being healthy. Just working out 3-4 times a week won’t make much of a difference unless your fully committed. Eating healthier is just as important (if not more) than exercising.
When starting off, try looking at your portion sizes. Eating smaller portions will instantly make a difference. Next, look at the color of your food. The more colorful, the healthier. Lastly, think about the snacks your eating. Do you reach for chocolate or ice cream every night? Try eating watermelon or strawberries instead.
5. KEEP TRACK OF YOUR PROGRESS
Working out is very rewarding when done right, you can feel a difference in just two weeks! I love using the My Fitness Pal app to help me keep track. I can add in my workouts, and log everything I eat everyday. It keeps me accountable and lets me know where I’ll be five weeks from now if I keep it up. I can also update my weight and add pictures as I go along so I know how far I’ve come.