PEOPLE tend to be motivated before going on holiday – exercising to get in shape for the beach. On returning from a summer break (usually a few pounds heavier) it’s more difficult to stay inspired for exercise.
On holiday it’s likely that you’ll eat and drink more as well as exercising less, this routine often leads to unwanted weight-gain. However, it’s not as hard as people think to get back on track. There are certainly a few simple things that you can do to maintain health and motivation.
Goal setting: This is the simplest way to stay motivated, whether your goal is exercising for a number of minutes, burning a number of calories that you’ve gained on holiday or dropping a dress size. The best way to retain your inspiration is to set a target.
Targeted exercise: We all have areas that weight seems attracted to. Bum, tum and face tend to be key areas that women want to focus on following a holiday. With a sensible exercise programme and specific exercises you can get back into shape quickly.
Exercise properly: With regard to the stomach, a key focus area after holiday, the biggest mistake that people make is through not understanding the abdominal area. There are four areas to focus on but people often only do one exercise, Try adding a twist or doing leg raises instead of a normal sit up. Lunges and squats are great for working the legs and bums.
Exercise regularly: You aren’t on holiday now! Ideally you should exercise every day, but three to four sessions a week will help to burn off any extra calories and prevent the body storing any excess fat.
Eat well: Eating the right foods at the right time determines your energy levels, so it’s important to eat healthily after an indulgent break, to increase motivation. Energy is supplied by carbohydrates, fats and protein. As a guide, there are double the calories in a gram of fat than a gram of protein or carbohydrate, so to lose a few pounds, lose some of the fat content from your diet.
Good choices: Good food choices include pulses, pasta, pitta and grainy breads, fruit, oat and bran. Balance these with protein-rich foods to improve the effect. Avoid fast-release sugars, such as sweets and biscuits, as they will let you down with a crash and make you crave more sugar – guaranteed to make you more tired.
Drink up: Tiredness can be a symptom of mild dehydration, so drink enough water, and any other drinks that are free from caffeine and sugar, to keep this at bay. Although the post holiday blues may be setting in, watch your alcohol intake too – it can be a real energy drainer. Aim to keep to the recommended limits and have some alcohol-free nights.
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