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Turn Off Your Beast Mode

Vacation season is in full swing. Whether you are traveling to the mountains, lake, or beach, it’s the time of year when many of us are taking a much needed break from the daily grind.

I remember a time when the 2 vacations I took a year were the only rest periods my body and mind got. I would work out 5-6 days a week and still feel like I needed to work out certain body areas more. As gym junkies would say my “beast mode” was always on. I will admit that I was a bit obsessive about nutrition and working out, and it would consume me for weeks at a time, especially around doing fitness shows. For some silly reason I was always trying to obtain some perfect body that I know now does not exist!

Considering now that I’m in total acceptance (well maybe 98% acceptance) of my “flaws” and take time off on a regular basis, things have really changed! I have learned as I’ve gotten a little older (and I hope wiser), that my body and mind really does need downtime to have a healthy balance in life.

When you think of getting fit, resting is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. Becoming healthy and fit definitely involves work. It involves a lot of effort, sweat and determination. But it also involves taking time to rest and relax. I like to call it taking a Rest and Recovery (R & R) session. To reach your goals, YOU NEED BALANCE: both hard work and R & R.

In our enthusiasm to lose weight and get fit, it is tempting to focus so hard on effort that we overwork ourselves.

Over training is not a good idea, as it brings undesirable consequences such as:

1. Feeling rundown and unmotivated.

2. Risk of Injury.

3. Fatigue and feeling unproductive.

Can you remember the last time you took a relaxing vacation or mini-staycation? If you can’t --- YOU ARE OVERDUE!

Taking time to relax as many days as you can each week is important, but so is taking a vacation each year. There is nothing like getting away for a while to refresh your mind, body and spirit. No matter where you are headed for vacation, it’s okay to take some time off and simply relax and heal -- even if it’s in your home town.

Try these tips to embrace your inner chill factor.

  • Take some time by the pool.

  • Sleep in.

  • Take a catnap.

  • Avoid stressful crowds and sight-see during off hours.

  • Get lost in a book.

  • Take a leisurely walk and enjoy the scenery.

  • Go dancing.

  • Laugh and have fun!

Your biggest cheerleader,


P.S. Send me a message or comment below about your great vacation or staycation this summer. I love to travel and would love to hear about fun spots to venture off to!


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