Whether you work the gym into your weekly routine, attend exercise classes, work with a trainer or workout at home, you have intentionally added fitness to your routine. I hope you have found a workout program that is efficient in getting you to your goals, is safe in preventing injuries and building your body stronger, not tearing it down and is something you enjoy doing. Even still, it’s part of your routine.
In normal life, we workout to reach a goal – weather it’s to decrease body fat, strengthen muscle, improve cardiovascular system, or provide a “home” we can live in that will support our lifestyle and help us to live to the fullest… and the list goes on.
When I’m on vacation, however, you will not find me in a typical hotel gym or visiting a familiar health club to get in a workout. Nope. The essence of vacation is to pause all (or as much) of life that produces stress and requires diligent focus, right? You know, all the routines and demands of life. It’s a time to rest, gain new perspective and refresh the soul. I believe this to be good and true for you physically as well as mentally. Now if you de-stress and “relax” at the gym – more power to ya!
I am NOT implying that vacations need to be lazy. NOT. AT. ALL! Vacation should also include adventure, and this is where activity happens. Staying ACTIVE on vacation can be a lot of fun and will push your body in ways it’s not use to! At the end of the day, this mind set will remove the guilt that accompanies “missing a workout”. Guilt can be replaced by fulfillment and a sense of accomplishment knowing that you’ve challenged your body beyond it’s norm. I like to think of this like a “free” workout”! And you will be able to return back to your normal routine once you get home without missing a beat.