Working as a Personal Trainer in Kensington means that I’m frequently free in the month of August as all my clients jet abroad to show off the amazing bodies they have been working out so hard for the rest of the year. This gives me the perfect excuse head to Puglia to enjoy the sunshine, the sandy Italian beaches and most of all the delicious food (yes we personal trainers eat pasta occasionally). Just like my clients, I come home with the holiday blues and desperate to get back into my workout routine. Over the years my clients have asked me how I get motivated to get back in the gym, so here are my top 5 fail safe tips to get you moving again:
Hydrate - Laying around bronzing ourselves in the sun (whilst not hard work), generally tends to leave the body a little dehydrated, particularly if you've been enjoy a holiday cocktail or two. Dehydration can lead to a feeling of sluggishness, which will keep you wanting to head home straight to the couch rather than to the gym for your workout. I love keeping hydrated with fruit infused waters or a homemade electrolyte juices with orange, lemon and ginger . Ideally you’ll want to lay off or reduce alcohol intake for a while.
Sleep - If you're anything like me, your sleep pattern has probably been disturbed by the holidays, having dinner later and waking up earlier to enjoy the day can play havoc with your body clock. A tired body has less energy to keep up with busy life not to mention, incorporate in a workout schedule. I would suggest sticking to a firm bedtime schedule, by going to bed at the same time for at least 8 days to get yourself back into a regular sleep pattern.
Eat Light - I love holidays for the same reason everyone else does, spending time with my family and enjoying a good plate of my favourite dishes, and mine does happen to be pasta, we all deserve to relax and enjoy. I always recommend to my clients a 80/20 approach to food (80% of the time you follow a high protein low carb diet, with lots of fresh foods, 20% of the time you allow yourself whatever you want), now you're back from holiday it’s time to head back to 80. Keep your meals light, and frequent, eating at least 5 times a day.
Stay off the scales - There is nothing worse than making yourself feel miserable just because you've had some fun. My motto is, life is for living and a healthy body needs to enjoy a fair amount of playtime, something we tend to forget as adults. Don’t feel bad if your clothes are feeling a little more snug, just know that playtime is over and it’s back to the workout schedule for you.
Quick daily workouts - The first 10 days you're back you should keep your workouts pretty much like your meals, light and frequent. I would recommend a 30 minute session 5 days a week if you can fit it in, over a 1 hour session 3 days a week. This will get you back into the swing of things nicely. I train my clients with a special selection of plyometric, functional and weights exercises on a 5,4,3,2,1 programme. This means they work out for 5mins on a cardio machine, then straight into 4 minutes of functional training, 3 mins of weights, 2 mins of plyometric intervals and the 1 minute rest…Then we do it all again :-)…Check out some workout ideas here
Looking for a personal trainer in Kensington to revamp your workout regime and help you get YOUR best body, get in touch with me on Lorenzo@fitlabskensington.com or give me a call on 07766 586 223.