How to get back into a healthy routine after vacation

How to Stay Healthy on Vacation

We've all been there. You're working out consistently, you're eating healthy food, you're feeling great... and then you go on vacation. When you come home, you spend the next 3 weeks trying to get back into a routine but you can't seem to find your groove. Workouts are sporadic. Meals are hit or miss. Your whole routine seems to have gone out the window. But vacation doesn't have to throw you off your game! Here are my tips for jumping back in after you've taken a break.

Get plenty of sleep

While vacation is often packed with fun activities, we often think it's going to be more restful than it actually is. Traveling can throw off our sleep schedule thanks to time zone changes, late nights, and sleeping in. Once you're back home, head to bed early. Even if you're not going to go to sleep at 9pm, take a break from your phone screen and read a book to help your body relax! If sleeping doesn't come easy, check out these tips for a better night's sleep.

Stock up on groceries

I think one of the hardest parts about getting back on a healthy track after vacation is your empty fridge. You cleared everything out before vacation (or you didn't... and now it's all rotten!) so there isn't any fresh produce to eat. I typically order my groceries online through Relay Foods so I don't have to hit the grocery store on my first day back. But however you do it, ensuring that you have lots of fruits and vegetables on hand is a great way to get back into eating healthy!

Drink plenty of water

If you're feeling a little bloated, drink up! For me, I'm great at drinking in my normal routine. But on vacation? Not so much. I just don't always think about keeping a water bottle with me! So one of the first things I do when I'm getting back into a healthy routine is fill up a huge bottle of water and take it with me everywhere! Here are a few more ideas for how to stay hydrated.

Let go of vacation splurges

Vacation is meant to be enjoyed! So stop beating yourself up over that slice of key lime pie or those sweet margaritas! A week of unhealthy eating isn't going to undo a year's worth of progress. Sometimes you just have to let it go in order to move on. It's easy to get caught up in the mindset that you've already "blown it" so why keep trying? But hello, this is about moderation! Some days are salad, some days are pie!

Now that I'm back from the beach, I'm restocking my fridge and hitting the gym for a sweat session! Let's start the week off on the right foot!

What are your tips for getting back into a healthy routine?

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