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So you took a break from your fit- ness routine this summer. You ate, you drank, you relaxed, and ate some more.
Well, now it’s time to face the music. Your body is puffy and bloated. Your joints are achy. Your clothes feel tight. But you can get back on track.
1) Find Your Focus – Draw a line in the sand. The bad eating stops now. If you’re serious about your fitness goals, then the past few weeks were the exception, and not the rule. Don’t beat yourself up for letting loose. Simply get back up, dust yourself off and get focused.
2) Get Hydrated – Your first prior- ity in getting back on track is to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Start with a tall glass of water in the morning, and carry a water bottle with you to sip throughout the day.
Don’t add any artificial sweeteners or stimulants to your water – these will sabotage your hydration efforts. For flavor, add sliced fresh fruit, herbs or vegetables to your water, just like at the spa.
3) Cleanse Your System – For your first few days getting back on track I need you to be extra picky about what you eat. Stick with only whole, real foods like fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. Whole, real foods will help to restore balance and block out cravings. Don’t eat any packaged foods for the next few days. This means no snack foods, processed meat slices, dairy, baked goods, or alcohol.
4) Get Some Rest – Make catching up on sleep a priority over the next few
days. When your body is low on sleep, it becomes easier to make poor eating choices. You’re also less likely to get back into your workouts if you don’t give your body a chance to rest.
Aim for getting a full eight hours of sleep each night.
5) Jump Back Into Your Exercise Routine – It’s time to sweat out all those indulgences. Put on your favorite gym clothes and lace up your shoes. Ease back in slowly. Take the time
to warm up and stretch your muscles before powering up to a solid 30-min- ute routine.
Now is the time to get back at it... before all the holiday parties get start- ed. Don’t fall into the trap of just wait- ing until the new year. It’s a slippery slope. One day slides into the next and the next and you’ve put on another ten pounds.
Sure, you’re going to feel a little rusty on that first day back but remem- ber that the sooner you get back into the swing of your routine the better. You can do it!
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