Welcome back from your one or two weeks of too much food, drink and fun. A summer vacation is great for your mind, but it might take a toll on your body. Not to worry, getting back into shape is not really that hard, and you can ease back into it at a comfortable pace. But remember, a travel vacation often includes some "bad" habits, and it takes a little work to counteract them. Here, we at GET.com share with you 6 ways how you can get back on track.
Your sleep rhythms have probably been disrupted by your vacation, whether or not you've partied in another time zone. You need to re-establish your regular sleep schedule, and you might also need some catchup sleep. If you need to nap, try to limit it to half an hour, because any more could make it harder for you to fall asleep at night.
Between too much food and copious alcohol, it's quite likely you've arrived home in a dehydrated state. You should drink lots of water, not to be confused with soda, fruit juice or other drinks. Plenty of pure water will rehydrate your body, flush out toxic substances and help release bloat. Here's a good plan: Drink half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 128 pounds, drink 64 ounces of water daily.
3. Eat Less
Most people realize that continuing to eat the way they did on vacation would be a one-way ticket to obesity. When you get home, dry avoiding solid food for 12 hours. Drink smoothies or vegetable juices instead. This will help you reset your expectations and get your body ready for normal eating.
4. Eat Healthy
When you finish fasting, try to select healthy, high-fiber food. The extra fiber will help you regain your regularity and cleanse your innards. Good sources of fiber include whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables. Try to avoid too much overly dense food, like red meat. It's better to mix a few ounces of beef with vegetable and brown rice than to chomp on a large steak. It's less caloric, less expensive and less likely to clog your arteries. And in case this interests you, here are 11 cheap fast foods that won't kill you.
5. Stretch And Exercise
Unless you maintained your regular exercise schedule during your vacation, you might be a little out of shape when you return. It's amazing how much flexibility and aerobic capacity you can lose in just a week or two, so start slow. Stretching or starting off slow and steady with yoga is really important to avoid injury. Cut your regular routine in half for the first day and add back a little more each day. If you lift weights, take it easy by lifting less and doing fewer reps.
6. Avoid The Scale
Don't be a masochist. Avoid the scale for the first few days, because you'll only upset yourself. Weigh yourself again once you feel you're back to normal. If you gained weight, don't try to lose it too quickly. A pound or two a week is fast enough to get the job done without making yourself crazy.