Ophelia's Guides to Shaping Your Future

Ophelia's Guides to Shaping Your Future

How to Plan for Happy Holidays

Ophelia Hogan - Thursday, July 28, 2016

Whether you are having a 'staycation' or a vacation I hope that you are able to take some time out this summer. Being able to slacken the reins on our mental and physical normal constraints are great for the body and soul. Doing more of what you ‘want’ to do rather than ‘have’ to do. Embrace your holiday pleasures knowing that you can still feel great this autumn - here's how:

  1. Before you go away know the exercise plan that works for you. Book sessions for the week that you get back with a friend, trainer or at the gym. So that you capitalise on your pre-holiday efforts and go into the autumn feeling and looking on top form.

  2. Do you have an eating plan that you can get straight back into on your return? We all need some kind of 'plan' to keep our body the shape and size that we like it to be n this obesogenic environment (one where we are surrounded by food that has minimal nutrition and is densely calorie laden). Or have you being doing a pre-holiday beach body blitz and found a new diet that has worked for you?  Know what works for you. If it helps, write down the 5 key behaviours that you have adopted so that you can use them again as soon as you get back.

  3.Plan you return home food shop. You need the right foods in your fridge if you are going to eat the right foods. It can be so easy to get back into an even heavier workload than usual after a week or two away, with no time for that essential meal planning and grocery shop.

  4. Now make a mental picture of your holiday treats of choice. Give yourself some leeway on gaining a couple of pounds. Over the last 20 years I have found that if clients put on 3-4lbs on holiday that they can lose it relatively easily but nearer half a stone and it does become much harder. Remember how great being that pre-holiday weight felt.

  5. Make the most of not having to go to work and use some of your ‘downtime’ to move. Maybe walking or swimming or playing a game with family and friends. It might not be at your usual ‘full steam ahead’ training but everything helps to boost our metabolism & make us feel better.

  6. 'Body weight’ exercises can be super efficient at maintaining strength & tone - require no equipment and minimum space & time. I would recommend keeping it simple - choose 4 - 6 exercises, check that you know the right technique and decide when & where you are going to do them. Strength training has significant benefits on our metabolism - burning more calories even when you’re lying on your sun lounger, makes your body more sensitive to insulin and can lower blood glucose. It helps to maintain and build strong muscles and bones, reducing your risk for osteoporosis and bone fractures. - See more at: http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/fitness/types-of-activity/what-we-recommend.html#sthash.fBSEpvEh.dpuf

  7. Top up on sleep. getting enough sleep has been proven to have a beneficial effect on our weight and health. Relaxing and sleep are so important for our bodies and minds.

  8. Have fun, laugh, and let your hair down a little. Enjoy the moment.

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