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Should You Take a Workout Vacation?

Posted Jun 11 2009 6:02pm

Workout VacationA summer vacation? Definitely. A workout vacation? It may sound weird, but taking a week off from your fitness routine could actually be worthwhile. If you’re a fitness junky and it doesn’t sound like much fun, a workout vacation is an even better idea.

If you’ve been hitting the gym hard, completing grueling workouts, your body can actually benefit from a little time off. I’m not talking about the day you took off last week, or the several days you took off when you had that awful cold back in March. A week off after 3 months or 6 months when you’re on top of your game can give your body some much needed R & R. Experts say you’ll return stronger, more energetic and reduce your risk of injury. Right now, I’m on day 8 of a forced break as I’m recovering from surgery that I had to repair a hip labral tear last week (the same injury A-Rod had earlier this year ). Maybe a little break months ago would’ve done some good?

So go on, take a workout vacation and enjoy the time off! That said, when you go on your fitness break, don’t breakaway from your diet at the same time–you might not feel the benefits if you return after indulging in a bunch of ice cream cones and umbrella adorned drinks!

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