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.
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Best – Mike Cola