Even when it’s a holiday I prefer to stick to my workout schedule. I am religious about getting in my workouts and will plan my day around my workouts.
As a gym rat, I can be kinda boring because I love my routine but it’s what kept me consistently working out at least 3 times a week for the last 15 years. I have never taken a break for more than 2 weeks at a time and even then I feel a little off.
Here I have 3 tips to help you maintain your workout routine even while you are on holiday, super busy, and short on time.
The key here is staying as consistent as possible. Consistency is the key to making progress in your workouts because it’s about habit formation and putting in the time.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act, but a habit.”
Life transformation is not about the big changes, it’s about the little ones that add up to have a big impact on your life in the long run. Working out consistently is one of little changes that add up big time!
Here are 3 ways you can keep working out when you want to use the 'I don't have time' excuse.
Tip #1 – Shorten your workouts
For the holidays instead of doing multiple sets you can do a set of each circuit style and go through the exercises at a relatively fast pace resting only while necessary. Or you can just cut down on the number of reps you do per set reducing your overall workout time.
If you are challenging yourself and holding yourself to quality reps, you still can get a great workout while cutting the time short.
Here is an example of a quick short hotel style workout if all you have available to you are a pair of dumbbells - Hotel Quickie Workout. Start with a pair of dumbbells that are on the lighter side because the volume adds up quick and this workout will jack your heart rate up in no time.
Tip #2 – Shorten the number of workouts you do
Most workout programs I follow require 4-5 days a week of workouts. So while being on vacation the challenge is finding a suitable gym and being able to get to it. Instead of opting out of my workouts over the holiday because the gym is a hassle to get to, I just workout less often. This means cutting back my regular routine to at least twice a week and filling the other days with other types of exercise like hiking, swimming or long walks.
Tip #3 – Do what you love
If you are really short on time for your workouts and need to squeeze in something in 15 minutes I’d say only do the exercises you love. Create your own mini circuit quickie, do a couple rounds and you’re done!
For instance if all you have is your bodyweight you can do a mini circuit like below. No rest between exercises and a maximum 1 min break between complete circuits. Do 3-5 rounds as time permits.
A1 Bodyweight Squats x 30 reps
A2 Decline Pushups x 15 reps
A3 Mountain Climbersx 15 per leg
A4 Jumping Jacks x 25 total
A5 Plank Hold x 30 seconds
I hope you found these tips useful! They help you figure out a way to make sure you continue your workouts while on holiday and it’s a hassle to find a gym.
Up next, my final tip on how to bounce back quick from your holiday eating and holiday vacation.