Relaxing is just as important as working out. In fact, sometimes the only way I can get through my workout at all is the thought of the sauna, jacuzzi and long hot shower with my yummy coconut oil body wash that comes afterwards!
In actual fact, it is pretty important to give your body a rest from time to time. No-one should be hitting the gym hard, every day, no matter how fit you want to get. You’ll only end up increasing your chances of injuries or strains – and if that happens then you’ll have to take a much longer break from the gym than a couple of days. My general rule of thumb is to have a hard gym session every other day. That doesn’t mean that you have to have a complete day off exercise every other; you could go to a yoga class or swim, something which puts less pressure and strain on your body. Of course, you should take a complete day off now and then. You could give yourself a treat on your non-gym days. I like to go and get a massage or make an appointment for my haircut, something that will make me feel really good about myself. Just trying to replicate that high I get from the gym!
Trying to keep up my fitness when I’m away is a bit more tricky. Getting motivated when the beach is calling is never easy, is it? I swim lengths and lengths when I’m away anyway, but I also try and go for a jog now and then. The last thing you want to so is let exercise take over your holiday though. It’s supposed to be about relaxation after all, not becoming obsessed with your usual exercise routine!