So maybe you just spent the last 3 months working your butt off to get back into to shape for your friend's wedding, because you're turning 30/40/50, or because you wanted to look good in your bathing suit for an upcoming vacation... then you come home and the wheels fall off again. Why? This little article might help you keep up the momentum during your transition back to home and work.
1) No gym? No problem. Take a look around and work with what you have. Explore your new location and get creative. Just the fact that you are breathing in fresh air and feeling the bright sunshine on your face instead of being inside a dark and smelly spin class room will make for a great way to start the day!
Whatever you do, try to avoid the typical tourist trap of passing out by the pool without any sun screen on in the middle of the day after a night of drinking too much... especially, on the last day of your trip. Returning to work the day after with a sunburn, headache, and a bloated belly might affect your mood and productivity level just a tad.
2) Eat, Drink, and Be Merry... but Be Responsible. You’re on vacation so of course you can treat yourself to a few nice dinners and indulge in life’s deliciousness. However, try to find a hotel/condo where you can walk or bike into town each day, buy fresh ingredients, and cook your own tasty meals. Not only will you enjoy meeting the locals and learning about their culture, you’ll be in charge of the food portions when it’s time to eat. (Destination restaurants, like those in the states, are infamous for piling things on and encouraging guests to overeat.)
3) Unplug and Look Up. Don’t spend the majority of your vacation staring down at your phone mindlessly thumbing and scrolling though your social media feeds with your headphones on. Not only will you miss out on most of the sights and sounds of your destination, you’ll be one of the worst travel companions to your friends or family. If you want to completely ignore everyone and be obsessed with your phone, you can do that at home and save yourself a bunch of money. Find a book (an actual book), a magazine about one of your favorite hobbies, or go old-school and play some games that are fun and keep your brain from turning to mush ( for the times that just sitting still and relaxing aren’t good enough for you ).
Marcello Pedalino, CFT, is the author of the new inspirational book on personal growth and development, Celebrate Life. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, lifestyle expert, and fitness trainer. He delivers dynamic keynote presentations to corporations and organizations across the country who need help making Energy Management and Work-Life balance a priority.