No Vacation for Fat – Keys to Staying Fit and Keeping the Fat Off

We all need vacations, time to get away and relax, and just enjoy life. 

Unfortunately, the fact is our bodies fat factory workers don’t take a vacation when we do.

Just because you’re on vacation, doesn’t mean your body isn’t going to make fat just as easy as it does when you’re not on vacation.  Trust me, I wish our fat makers would take a vacation!

Whether it’s a summer weekend, you’re a teacher and have the summer off or you take a nice long vacation, you have always have to be aware of the choices you make and stay active.

Summer is ideal for the opportunity it gives you to be more active outdoors – walking, jogging, biking, kayaking, swimming, and playing outdoor sports.  Not all of us are doing as much as we should or say we are going to do though. 

What I often hear as a trainer, is my clients telling me they don’t need to do their usual workouts as much because they’re going to do more activities outdoors.   Now granted there are the few and far between that actually train their rear ends off (tri-athletes), whom run, bike, and swim several hours a week. 

BUT you can’t fool us, for personal trainers know what most of their clients are actually doing more of – sitting on their boats drinking beer, driving their golf cart around the golf course, and lounging pool side drinking margaritas and eating chips and salsa.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about enjoying summer and having fun, and I love all of those activities too.  It’s just the fact that one still has to make sure exercise and taking care of your body is a priority. 

In as little as 2 weeks you can start losing strength and tone.  If you fail to keep up with a strength training routine, you lose precious muscle, and therefore lose the ability to burn as many calories as you once did. 

With total inactivity, you can lose 10-20 percent in muscle strength per week and 20% of cardiovascular endurance in as little as 3 weeks. 

The biochemical pathways in your body that have finally started working more efficiently at burning fat in your favor, will now be back to their old fat storing selves if you just quit working out.  

It’s so important to at the least try to maintain your fitness level so you don’t lose your fitness gains.  I just hate to see someone work so hard all year, to finally get on a consistent exercise routine, build their metabolism up, and start losing weight  – then throw it all away.  

My hope and goal is this – to encourage you to be more active, stay on a fitness routine, eat healthier and not throw away all your hard work.  

At the end of summer you will be much healthier and happier – more  fit versus more fat!