I just got back from a two-week vacation at the beach with my whole family. It’s always hard for me to take time off; I always feel I should be working all the time to improve my career and provide for my family. Every time I go on vacation; however, I realize how important it is to take some time off, have fun with the family and really live an active healthy lifestyle.

There were a number of things I learned on this vacation that when I’m working so hard training clients and publishing this blog, I become unaware of. These include the following:

  • I was not sleeping enough. I usually wake up around 5:30 AM and start training clients. I do this roughly six days per week and don’t go to sleep until 11:30 PM. I realized that six hours of sleep is just not enough rest for me. I slept eight hours every night on vacation and felt well much more rested and energetic.
  • I was bored with my workouts. I loved being at the beach and outdoors, running around with the kids, having fun in the ocean and watching my kids skim board all day. I really enjoyed a break from the gym and getting all my exercise at the beach by just being active.
  • I need to start spending more time socializing with my friends and family. I realized on this trip how good it feels to just talk with family and friends and have fun. I seem to get too caught up with work and always pushing myself to get ahead. Since I been working for myself for over 20 years, I never want to let up. Because I felt so much more relaxed on vacation than at home, I realized I must be overdoing it.
  • I didn’t eat breakfast every day and felt great. I wanted to experiment with my diet on this trip. I knew it would be hard to eat my normal perfect diet because my family and I were staying at a hotel without a stove and only a little refrigerator. I been hearing a lot about intermittent fasting in the last few months and wanted to try it. It really worked well for my wife and I while we were on vacation. This is what we did. We did not eat anything after 9:00 PM. Then we skipped breakfast and ate lunch around 12:00 PM, basically not eating anything for 15 hours. Then we ate the healthiest we could for the rest of the day. My wife and I came back from the trip the same weight we left two weeks ago.
  • I wasn’t so afraid of the sun this trip. I use to do a lot of surfing when I was younger and would get really tan. For the last decade; however, I’ve become concerned about the damage that may have occurred from all the sun exposure I have gotten over the years. In the recent past, I would stay under an umbrella most of the time at the beach. With all the information in the last few years about the importance of vitamin D from the sun, I decided to ditch the umbrella and not worry about the sun as much. I put on some sun block and just had a blast all day. I was five times more active at the beach and enjoyed myself much more.

Now that I’m back home and working again, I’m going no try to remember everything I learned about myself on vacation and incorporate it into my everyday life. Let me know what you learned about yourself the last time you went on vacation.

If you enjoyed this post, then make sure you subscribe to my e-mail list.

Best – Mike Cola

Fitness Contrarian

Get my free "Forever 27" workout plan!

This is the strategy I teach my clients to have a 20-something body, regardless of their age. Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from Fitness Contrarian.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

My name is Mike Cola (yeah that is me in the pic @ 54 years old). I’ve been called a “Contrarian” since I believe that most mainstream fitness approaches are extremely inefficient.

I achieved the look in that photo just training 3 times per week. My specialty is helping people reach peak condition without having to hit the gym 6-7 times per week.

Make sure and get my free“Forever 27” workout plan by putting in your email below….. This is the strategy I teach my clients to have a 20-something body, regardless of their age.

Best - Mike Cola

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This