Damage Limitation - My Summer Exercise Plan
You might have gathered by now that I live in Singapore, and during term time I’ve got a pretty good routine going, I eat healthily for the most part and I'm active most days which includes pilates, the odd HIIT (Hit Intensity Interval Training) class and long ‘power’ walks. At the moment I’m feeling in pretty good shape BUT each summer we head home to the UK and that’s when the wheels come off! If you are anything like me the summer holidays look a bit like this:
- Too much eating – check
- Too much drinking – double check
- Very little exercise – triple check
I’ve decided that this summer is going to be different! I’m a lot better than I used to be at moderating the first two on the list – if you’ve been following my posts over the last few months I’ve got all sorts of tricks, tips and tools to navigate the choppy waters of food and drink and to a large extent it’s manageable. I’ll probably have a kilo or two to lose after the summer but no biggie. BUT the exercise, that’s harder because it usually means carving out time which can be difficult when you are staying with people and you are not on your own timetable. Even when it’s just our family on our own there never seems to be the time to bugger off to a yoga class or go for a long run.
So, if I am going to do any ‘formal’ exercise in the holidays it has to be super quick, something I can do wherever I am with no equipment and be as effective as possible. Step up HASFIT. If you haven’t come across this great website/app check it out*. All the workouts are free and you can select the one you want to do by length, level, by which part of the body you want to work on (or all over) or whether it’s uses equipment or not. I discovered one of their workout videos on YouTube back in January when I needed a daily lower back rehab routine to recover from a lower back strain. I did it every day for a month and it worked wonders and I still do it from time to time when my back feels a bit stiff. Then I discovered they had a ton of other workouts that were really easy to follow and just the job for when you are time poor but really just need to do ‘something’.
So, I’ve started today with my first holiday workout – I did a 15 minute HIIT session which was quite intensive but quick enough to be over before I got too puffed out. I’m going to set my alarm 15 mins earlier than usual to give me the extra wiggle room to get it done before I'm required for breakfast duty - I think it’s doable, at least most days. My intention is that even if I do go back to Singapore a couple of kilos heavier my fitness will still be there and I can get back in to my usual exercise routine without too much trouble. Let’s just call it damage limitation!!
*P.S. This is not an ad, I think I’ve said it before but I don’t do any sponsored stuff on here, to be honest I’m far too small at the moment for anyone to pay me to advertise anything!!