Summer is now upon us, which means that most of us will be taking some form of time off. In my opinion, time off and vacations are extremely beneficial and necessary to de-stress, regroup, and enjoy life. In fact, studies have shown that NOT taking a break can negatively effect our mental and physical health.
While vacations are great and necessary, it only takes TWO weeks for our bodies to “detrain.” Many Kokonuts have come up to me and expressed their concern about losing their level of fitness while on vacation. While nothing is a substitute for Koko, there are many things you can do to maintain your fitness level while on vacation.
Here are a few tips:
Ask your fit coach to print out several days worth of strength sessions: While nothing compares to our Smart Trainers, there are many exercises that you do at Koko that can easily translate to other gym settings. For example, bicep curls, chest presses, squats, and many other exercises can easily be done on other machinery. Remember, most hotels and cruise ships have fitness centers.
Walk, walk, walk: Summer means good weather (mostly). If you are vacationing in Hawaii, New York, Europe, you name it, walking is everything. Instead of calling a taxi or an Uber, make sure to take that extra twenty minutes to walk to a restaurant or wherever your destination is. It will give you a chance to get some fresh air and some exercise.
Plan active days: Most summer vacation destinations are great for athletic activities. Tropical destinations are great places to hike and swim. You will be surprised how easily you can get your 10,000 steps in during a hike. Trust me, long hikes are more challenging than you would expect.
Enjoy the local cuisine – in moderation: When we are on vacation, cheat days can tend to become cheat weeks. It is not uncommon to return from a vacation with a few extra pounds if we aren’t careful. One of the great things about summer destinations is that so much of the cuisine is naturally healthy. Think of Hawaii: fresh seafood and tropical fruit are packed with nutrients and vitamins. Instead of fried fish, try fresh seafood just out of the ocean. Substitute that delicious chocolate cake with equally delicious traditional island desserts packed with amazing fruit.
Some exercises do not require a gym: You would be surprised how many exercises do not require a gym. In fact, crunches, curl ups, planks, and push ups can be done next to your bed. Give yourself 30 minutes in the morning to do some of the above exercises to get your day going. No excuses!
Once you get back into your Koko groove, it might take a few days to get into the swing of things. DO NOT PANIC! This is completely natural. Even though I hiked up five mountains when I was on vacation in Switzerland last year, it took my body a few days to get back into my workout routine. However, because I was active, I was able to get back into the hang of things very quickly.
Enjoy your vacation and stay Koko Strong!