I talk a lot about my workouts and the importance of being consistently active and always improving your routine. At the same time, as much as I may get a bit preachy about how important it is to keep it up and to avoid skipping your workouts whenever possible, I recognize that there is something to be said for taking a break from a strict fitness routine.
Going Away to Mexico to Recover Mind and Body
When you’ve been sticking to your workouts for weeks upon weeks and you reach the goals you’ve been setting for yourself, your body, mind and spirit can all benefit from a bit of a break from the regimented workouts. It may sound counterintuitive but taking the rare time off the strict fitness routine can be fantastic for rebuilding motivation and getting that fresh feeling back again.
That’s exactly what I did recently. I’d been stuck on a bit of a plateau and wasn’t able to push past it no matter what I tried. I kept everything up, but the progress I was seeing just wasn’t up to my previous levels. I decided that it was time for me to get away and separate myself from my life and my strict fitness routine. I booked a trip to one of the best luxury villa rentals in Mexico, Villa Estrella in Nayarit. I chose to go there to be able to spoil myself a bit and enjoy a safe place that wasn’t riddled with other tourists.
Vacation Fitness Goals
The goal for my trip was to let go and allow myself some recovery on all levels. I didn’t give up on exercising altogether, but I broke away from the routines and the gym sessions. I let myself get some real R&R and focused more on stretching and yoga as well as remaining naturally active instead of following a regimen.
My trip included visiting local towns, walking and running on the beach, swimming and I even tried a bit of surfing and boogie boarding. I went for some incredible hikes while I was there, too. I plan to go back again one day in the not-too-distant future, and I plan to go kayaking when I return. Not doing that was my one regret from the entire trip.
Between the new activities and the great food I ate the whole time I was there (I went with the meal plan, so there was a private chef cooking for me twice per day!), I came home feeling fully refreshed. I have my drive back again and, since I arrived home again, I’ve finally started to see gains in my strength and stamina. I knew I could do it. I just had to get away so I could come back rested and beautifully stronger.
How to Plan a Trip Away to Mexico to Recharge Your Batteries
When you’re looking for a trip to recharge, whether you plan to get away to Mexico or are working on something closer to home, there are some great tips you can follow to make sure things go smoothly. After all, the whole point is to be able to rejuvenate and recharge.
It doesn’t matter if you’re planning a staycation or a world tour, there are certain steps you will need to take to make sure it is just what you were looking for. After all, whether you head away to Mexico, tour Paris, go out on a safari tour in Africa or stay at home and adventure around you surrounding area, there are certain fundamentals that are always true. Here are my top recommendations for a vacation that will leave you feeling recharged and ready to take on life once again.
1. Plan Ahead
You’re likely to feel more of an instinct to plan ahead if you’re going away to Mexico than you will if you’re just planning to visit the local day spa, but it’s important to do some planning in advance regardless of your destination. The reason is that the more you can iron things out in advance, the more you can feel confident that things will go smoothly. Spontaneity can be fun when you’re hoping for adrenaline during your trip. But if you want to come home feeling recharged, predictability will work in your favor.
Book your accommodations and travel tickets. Reserve your spot at any spas or other places you plan to visit. Get to know hours of operation, days when places are closed and about what will be required of you when you visit various places. This is particularly true if you will be heading out to areas still affected by the pandemic crisis. Surprises aren’t likely to be good ones, so do your planning.
2. Do Enjoyable Things
Do fun things. Remember that this is your opportunity to recharge! The last thing you want to do is make it feel like work. Don’t fill up your itinerary with things you think you should do. Fill it with things you believe you’ll find to be enjoyable. Don’t do what you have to do, do what you want to do. That’s what it’s all about.
While some of it can be plain-old relaxing and doing nothing, try to make sure you get out and experience something, too. Even if it’s heading to a day spa, going for a hike, or exploring a historical site, do something. There is a lot of value to doing nothing like reading a book or lying on a beach, but your mind can be stimulated in a recharging way, too.
Unless you’re using your GPS to find where you’re going or confirming reservations on an app, shut your phone off and leave it that way. Check your messages and texts once per day and leave it off the rest of the time. Use your time to get away to really get away.