Back to Reality and Stronger Than Before!

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Laura Loves Aruba!

It’s hard to believe seven days ago at this time I was sitting on the beach in Aruba. In fact, the only times you wouldn’t find me sitting under a small but shady hut on the soft, white sand staring at the turquoise sea during my three-night getaway were:

  • Between 7 – 8:30 am ET when I was at the hotel fitness center getting my cardio, core and Tabata training in before turning into a slug for the remainder of the day
  • The 45 – 60 minutes I’d abandon my lounge chair and stroll along the gorgeous stretch of paradise known as Palm Beach
  • Happy hour or any other hour of the day when I simply had to satisfy my craving for some kind of frozen concoction
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The Swim-Up Bar: One of the Best Creations Ever

There was only one item on my agenda for this particular vacation: rest. While the trade winds, swaying palms, blue skies and starry nights created the perfect peaceful setting, there was one other factor that made this a true escape. I refused to pay the crazy international rates for roaming charges to keep up with texts, tweets, status updates or emails. My iPhone remained in airplane mode the entire trip. I used it only to take pictures or listen to music while working out or chilling out.  In other words, I shut myself down for three-and-a-half glorious days.

IMG_0248While going on vacation no doubt offers enormous benefits for both our physical and mental well-being, I realize we can’t just escape to our happy places at the drop of a hat. We all have financial burdens, professional and / or family obligations and part of being a grown-up is dealing with our responsibilities. So, if a getaway isn’t in the cards for you right now, why not look at another escape plan? Find a minimum of one to two hours this week where you turn the world off.

IMG_0217Yes, it’s a bold idea, but you can do it.  I’m sure some of you parents or physicians are shaking your heads at me right now, but I know even doctors get a day off from being on a 24-hour call. If you must have your pager or cell phone with you for work, only take the call that’s from work. Leave the texting and other typing behind. Parents, you can “warn” your spouse or another family member you’re going off the grid for a bit.

Seriously,  you can find an hour to shut down. Then take those 60 minutes and use it to focus on a workout, focus on the backs of your eyelids or focus some attention on a family member or friend. You’ll escape a bit of the daily grind that burdens us all. In our over-stimulated world where we not only watch a TV show, but tweet and post about what’s going on almost simultaneously, wouldn’t it be nice to give some of our senses a break for a change?

IMG_0223I came back from Aruba rested and ready to tackle new goals, new workouts and chase down new dreams for this spring and beyond. I’m going to do my best to find times in the work week to slow down – even just a bit –  so the daily grind doesn’t get the best of me. At the end of the day, if you’re making an effort to eat well, exercise and take care of yourself, you simply cannot neglect the importance of down time as part of the plan to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!

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About LauraLovesFitness

After spending more than 10 years in the communications industry, this lifetime fitness lover and newly certified fitness professional wants to share my passion for health and well-being with others.

Posted on April 15, 2013, in Fitness, Health, Vacation and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Love this post. So true. When I was with my son yesterday we had a “No cellphone” time. We were in the movie theater of course, but we are getting much more mindful of turning them off and tuning into our friendship. Glad you had an excellent trip. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, Antonio!
      Great to hear you’re making time to connect with your son. I really find we all owe it to ourselves to shut out a few more distractions when we can and focus on what’s important. I hope to keep riding the Aruba wave as long as possible! Have a great day!

    • Hi Antonio!
      Thanks for taking the time to check in! Glad you and your son had a nice day together yesterday and so glad to hear I’m not the only one trying to disconnect from the world a bit and re-connect with what’s important. Here’s to a great week ahead!

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