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The importance of taking a holiday in your fitness journey

Get moving: Betty Doyling in Florence, Italy, outside the Florence Cathedral, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Il Duomo) or Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower (The Church)

I recently took a holiday to Italy, and I had a great time doing some activities that were out of the normal. I walked for miles each day, exploring the city’s many historical landmarks. I also took a time to visit some of the vineyards and indulged on some tasty Italian dishes.

I found that taking a break from my regular workout routine was actually beneficial. I came back to my workouts feeling refreshed and motivated.

I also found that I was able to enjoy my holiday more when I wasn’t constantly thinking about my fitness goals.

It may be surprising to hear that taking a holiday can be an important part of your fitness journey.

While it may seem counterintuitive to take a break from exercise, rest and recovery are just as important as training itself.

When you take a holiday, you give your body a chance to rest and repair itself, which can help you prevent injuries and improve your performance overall.

In addition to physical benefits, taking a holiday can also have mental and emotional benefits.

When you're on holiday, you're free from the stresses of everyday life. This can help you to relax and de-stress, which can improve your overall wellbeing.

Check out some of the specific benefits of taking a holiday below.

Reduced risk of injury: When you're constantly training, your body is constantly under stress. This can increase your risk of injury. Taking a holiday gives your body a chance to rest and recover, which can help to reduce your risk of injury.

Improved performance: when you’re well rested, you will have more energy and stamina for your workouts. This can help you to improve your performance and achieve your fitness goals.

Increased motivation: when you take a break from your regular routine, you can come back to your workouts feeling refreshed and motivated. This can help you to stick with your fitness programme in the long run.

Improved mental and emotional health: taking a holiday can help you to relax and de-stress. This can improve your overall mental and emotional well-being, which can have a positive impact on your fitness journey.

If you still feel the need to move on your holiday, here are a few options:

• Start with a destination that offers plenty of opportunities for physical activity could include hiking, swimming, biking, or exploring new walking trails.

• Plan some time for relaxation: this could include reading, taking naps, or spending time in nature.

• Don't feel like you have to stick to your regular workout routine: If you're feeling tired, take a day off from exercise.

• Be mindful of what you eat: it’s OK to indulge a little bit on holiday, but don't let your diet completely derail your fitness progress.

Have a great holiday and B-Active For Life!

• Betty Doyling is a certified fitness trainer and figure competitor with more than a decade of experience. Look for B. Active For Life on Facebook

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Published November 30, 2023 at 7:59 am (Updated November 30, 2023 at 7:25 am)

The importance of taking a holiday in your fitness journey

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