Holiday season is officially upon on us all. But for those of us who enjoy a routine of runs, workouts and a healthy diet… there is a niggling at the back of our minds. Sure, we could all do with a break and a “rest” from the daily grind of gym and work, but we needn’t have to lose all discipline whilst away.
We can keep our fitness levels up and keep our brain ticking over productively. Here’s how.
- Pack light. You really don’t need to take a lot with you. Depending on how long you’re going for, all that is important is your trainers and the minimum amount of activewear (you can always make-do washing it whilst away). For those who are going to miss their strength training, a resistance band is all you’ll need to keep on top of things.
- Explore. Okay, so it isn’t high intensity cardio, but time on feet is going to help shift the buffet-breakfast-bloat at least a little bit. A gentle walk can burn as many as 100 calories a mile – or around 150 calories every half an hour. Also, no one found instagram-worthy photos just sat by the pool all day. Which leads me onto…
- Swimming. Again, dependent on the location of your holiday! But most hotels will have them, you just need to be disciplined enough to get up early enough before the rush. And if your holiday doesn’t involve sandy beaches with sea-swimming possibilities then I’m sorry but we can’t be friends.
You now have time in abundance.
At home, when do we really have the chance to stop, do nothing, and just think. I don’t know if anyone can relate to this, but I often find that when I go abroad and I set myself up on the beach for a good old tanning session I find that all of a sudden it is just me and my thoughts. No interruptions, no phone to distract me, and nothing pressing about work or home life to think about… so then I start to question things that I wouldn’t normally question.
What I’m getting at, is that your free time on holiday is the most ideal time to reflect. Here are some big life questions that we should all be asking ourselves but we don’t, either because they are uncomfortable or because we simply don’t have the time to fully consider our answers:
- Who are you?
- Who do you want to be?
- What do you need to do, to be the person you want to be?
- What are the most important things to you in life? And do you make enough time for these things?
- What are you struggling with at home? How can you go about changing this?
- What would you do if you knew you wouldn’t fail?
- Are you enjoying your job?
- What would you tell your childhood self?
- Does the current you still need that advice?
- Are you living life to its fullest? Are you giving your all?
These aren’t necessarily easy questions to answer. In fact, I am struggling to answer some of these myself… purely because I don’t want to think about what the answer might involve me doing.
I am currently on holiday myself, and have copied and pasted these questions into my notes for me to think about over the week ahead of me, and if you want to stay focused, driven and focused whilst away then why not give it a go yourself.