Your holiday recovery plan

Posted by juggernautPT on February 23, 2015

Your holiday recovery plan
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The holidays have come and gone, and you’re left to deal with the aftermath of the cumulative effect of all that less-than-healthy eating, drinking, etc … Your body is puffy and bloated. Your joints are achy. Your clothes feel tight. 

Maybe you are feeling this way right now. 

Below I’ve outlined 5 steps you’ll need to quickly and seamlessly get back on the fitness fast track. 

Step One: Get Focused.
The holidays happened. You ate a tonne of things from your “never eat these” list, you drank more than you should have, but now it’s over. 

Draw a line in the sand. The 24/7 bad eating stops now. 

Don’t beat yourself up for falling off the fitness wagon over the holiday break. Simply get back up, dust yourself off and get re-focused. Leave the past, and your slip-ups, in the past. 

Step Two: Get Hydrated.
While bad eating can take on many forms, the end result is most often dehydration and water retention. The only way to restore balance is to get hydrated. 

Your first priority in getting back on track is to drink plenty of water throughout your day. Start with a tall glass of water in the morning, and carry a water bottle with you. 

Don’t add artificial sweeteners or stimulants to your water – these will work against your hydration efforts. To add flavor, slice fresh fruit, herbs or vegetables to place in your water. 

Step Three: Get Picky.
For the next few days I need you to be extra picky about what you eat. Stick with only whole, real foods like fruits, vegetables and some lean meat. Whole, real foods will quickly help to restore balance. 

Don’t eat packaged foods for the next few days. This means saying no to snack foods, processed meat slices, dairy, baked goods and alcohol. 

Step Four: Get Juicing.
Making your own juice can be beneficial when recovering from a weekend of bad eating. The key is to use ingredients that will hydrate and nourish your body and to avoid ingredients that are high in sugar. 

These ingredients are fantastic for your recovery juice: fresh ginger, spinach, cucumber, kale, green apple, lemon, and celery. 

These ingredients should be used selectively in your bends, it is not that they are 'bad' fruits they just have a higher sugar content: carrots, oranges, red apples, melons or pineapple. 

Step Five: Get Moving.
So you’ve put an end to the eating madness, you’ve hydrated, you've eaten only whole foods and you’ve enjoyed a recovery juice…it’s now time to sweat it out. 

Lace up your kicks and put on your favorite gymwear (it'll loosen up again:). When you start your workout, ease in slowly. Take the time to warm up your joints and muscles before powering  back-up to a solid 30-minute session. 

If you're not sure how to go about it, find the right PT for you that can build the right exercise plan just for you – one that will not only help you recover from your holiday indulgences, but will help keep you motivated and going strong in the future to the next year and beyond! Also I highly recommend this weeks guest post from Dr John Bereardi on what to steal in order to get closer to your goals than ever before

If you haven’t started yet, now is the perfect time. Get focused on your goals with a results-driven method.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to message me


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