For anyone who is focusing on their exercise and healthy eating goals there is nothing more difficult than breaking your routine, maybe with a holiday or weekend away. As much as you want to enjoy your break, time away from your normal reality can be very difficult for your mind and body to handle, a sudden change and it can often leave you feeling worse for wear. 
I recently had a short 5-day trip away to help some friends of mine move into their new home and since returning I’ve been feeling quite flu-ish, bloated and weak. What I put this down to is the change in my routine for those days that I was away. I exercised less than usual, I ate less vegetables than usual and I ate more carbs than I usually would. 

Hopefully I will be feeling better soon and back on track with my health goals but I thought I’d share my newly realised tips for breaking routine without the side effects. 

  1. Do your best to exercise every day. Even if it’s only a 30 minute walk. 
  2. Continue to load up on veggies
  3. Try to keep eating your meals and snacks at roughly the same time as you usually would 
  4. Stay hydrated! If you feel weak try adding a little salt to your water this I’ve learnt will spike your blood pressure 
  5. Keep happy and enjoy your time off! 

Keep these tips in mind next time you break routine and I hope you will stay on top of your game! 

This photo I took on one of my morning walks whilst I was away, it’s of Wallarah Creek, Blue Haven, NSW.