How to Get Back into a Healthy Routine After 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 of 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 Instacart 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 to 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!
I tend to eat the same things on vacation (though a little blander as usually I’m trying to avoid getting sick from cross contamination!) but Jesse definitely does the indulging for me so when we get back home one of the first things we do is head to the grocery store to stock up on lots of fresh produce and then create lots of our favourite healthy meals.
Great Tips!!! I always have trouble getting back into my routine, so this is very helpful 🙂
I love your tips to get back on track. Sleep is so important and we never get enough as working adults!
I love Sundays for meal prep and getting ready for the week ahead. What I’m not so good at is getting sleep! I’m such a burn-the-candle-at-both-ends kind of person. I so need to work on that.
oh yeah this is toughy! I hate coming home to an empty fridge too–im like yes, lets order take out for 4897938 more days! haha
These are great tips after vacation or not. I look forward to getting back to my routine after vacation.
Having a workout session planned for the first day back from vacation is also great. Holding yourself accountable helps.
I feel like the last year of my life has been a vacation and I’m only just starting to get back on track. Definitely need to put some of these tips into practice
It really helps to have some healthy snacks at home when you return from a long trip. I always make sure I stock upon water before I leave.
I just got back from a week long trip and plan to catch up on allll the sleep!