Coming Back To Exercise After Vacation

Hi Everyone,

First of all, I’d like to thank everyone for all of your support when I post about my workouts on my NuStep. I appreciate your support and I’m so glad to know that by sharing my story I am helping to inspire and motivate you.

Having that extra motivation is what helps to keep me going. We all need a support system when it comes to staying on track with our weight loss goals. I have to say with great humility that all of you are inspiring and helping me. I owe you all my gratitude and thanks.

This is what it’s all about. This is a circle of inspiration. We are all feeding off each other’s positive energy to keep us motivated.

Every single “like” or “comment,” I receive on my blog post is important to me. I read and respond to all of them and if I can help you, I will. That’s why I encourage questions and comments because we will all benefit from them.

This week I would like to talk about getting back on track after being on vacation.

If you are working with a trainer or following a workout plan, it’s important to follow the direction that has been provided. I also have some suggestions to keep you on course.

I know this is going to sound odd, but if you took time off from exercise during your vacation, don’t pick up where you left off. After you have taken a break, you cannot launch into hard workouts, especially if you were lacking sleep and nutritional meals while you were on vacation.

The reason why you shouldn’t continue where you left off is because you most likely anticipated that you wouldn’t be as dedicated on vacation. Due to this, you may have worked out much harder than you usually do and pushed yourself more than normal.

Then, while on vacation, your workouts either stop or they aren’t at the same level of intensity or frequency. If you try to go back to that same level of workout intensity, immediately after you return, you run the risk of hurting yourself. And we all know what that means – more time away from exercise while you recover. I’ve been there and it’s easy to get discouraged and the next thing you know, months have passed and you’ve stopped exercising altogether.

I suggest that you ease back into your routine. Remember, it took a while to build up to that level, so give yourself the time to get back into a consistent routine and your body will thank you.

For many of us, diet and sleep get shortchanged while we’re on vacation. It’s really important that you focus on getting back on track with your diet and sleep. Reward your body with nutritious foods and plenty of sleep. When you eat healthy and get enough sleep, you will see that both of these habits help to fuel your workouts.

Bottom line, be patient with yourself as you get back into your healthy habits. As I said before, I am not in the judging game. I’m in the helping game.

I’m happy to say that I am back into the flow of my normal workout routine. In fact, it’s time for my NuStep workout. I have to keep myself on track too!

See you next week!

This Week’s O’Nealism:
“When you come into the awareness of who you really are, you will recognize who you use to be, and you won’t want to be who you were.”

O'Neal Hampton

About O'Neal Hampton

After being diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic and weighing 420 pounds, O’Neal Hampton Jr. became a contestant during the 2010 season of NBC’s "The Biggest Loser." It was then that he was introduced to NuStep. Through the O'Neal Hampton Wellness Foundation, he educates others on the value and importance of exercise and nutrition. O’Neal Hampton Jr. is a NuStep spokesperson.

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