You may have noticed that, over the past couple of weeks, there’s been slightly less activity on the BBB website, Social Media and eNewsletter channels. Well, that’s because I was lucky enough to escape for a bit of a holiday adventure to the beautiful Maldives!
Life has been very crazy over the past 12 months – with Bikini Body Burn and Moana Bikini growing very quickly and taking up lots of time and brain space – so I really took pleasure in being able to switch off and enjoy the beautiful location and everything it had to offer.
I am very committed to my training regime, however, so adding a holiday into the mix can often be quite distracting and throw my routine out, which, at times, can be quite detrimental to any progress I have made, or am making.
Because of this, I always make sure to remind myself of a couple of points before, during and after my holiday, to ensure that I’m confident in my training and body and that I allow myself to have fun and enjoy my trip.
I want to share this advice with you, because I think it will make any holidays you might have planned much more enjoyable and ensure that you don’t skip a beat in your training and progress!
Use it as motivation
In the lead up to this trip, I had the knowledge that I would probably be eating outside of my normal nutrition guidelines, and not training as much, if at all, whilst away. Looked at negatively, this could have been really upsetting and worrying to me! But I always try to turn negatives into positives, so I used this knowledge as motivation.
“Gotta get that Maldives-body!” was something I found myself saying in my head throughout some of the tougher training sessions I was putting myself through in the lead-up to the trip. I was training the house down, because I knew I wouldn’t have that chance, or desire, while I was away. Not only that, but I was rigidly sticking to good, healthy nutrition and eating exactly what I should have been for more personal goals, because I knew that there would be some temptations in the Maldives that would be too hard to resist, and, I’d be on holidays… so why not!?
Sometimes the knowledge that you won’t be training, or have the opportunity to train, is all you need to be motivated to train harder. You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone! Use that trip as motivation!
Give yourself a break!
You’re on a holiday for a reason, right!? You’ve worked so hard for so long that it was time to take a break… so actually take one! Just remember, a week or two out of your normal schedule isn’t going to set you back to square one! You are on holiday, but that doesn’t mean you have to completely give up on your exercise regime. Remember, being fit and healthy is a lifestyle!
Incorporate your training into your holiday
I don’t want you to think that you have to set aside an hour a day to smash out your standard routine, but if you want to do some training, why not utilise your surroundings for your own benefit!?
Let me give you some examples based on my most recent trip. The island itself was fringed by beautiful tropical beaches and palm trees, with a nice path the entire way around. Two laps around the island was a beautiful, refreshing and invigorating 6km run! An awesome hit of cardio.
One side of the island had an impeccably calm, clear and pristine lagoon, with a gorgeous coral reef, teeming with sea life and some amazing, deep blue holes. A swim from one end to the other was 1km! A great full body workout.
Our overwater bungalows were positioned in the lagoon, surrounding by seagrass beds that were home to turtles, fish and reef sharks. A standup paddle board around all of the bungalows and back was 1km! A surprisingly intense upper body and core workout!
Our resort also had an in-house yoga teacher and regular classes, so I made sure to make the most of that amazing little bonus. Always be sure to utilise the services available to you wherever you're staying!
And of course, The BandBook can be done from the comfort of your hotel room / beach villa, and all you need to pack are your two resistance bands!
Don’t punish yourself
When you get back, don’t jump straight back into the same intensity as before you left; but make sure you do go back as you don’t want to break your healthy habits! Warm back up into your training at a comfortable pace, aiming to be back to your normal training intensity within a fortnight.
EVERYONE deserves a break, so make sure you plan one soon! It’s always such a good feeling know that you have an exciting getaway planned, even if it’s just a long weekend down the coast.
A holiday here and there helps to revatlise you, mind and body, and will make sure you’re on the path to being the best version of yourself you can be.
We’re already trying to plan our next adventure! Where’s yours going to be!?