I bang-on a lot about SLEEP | EAT | MOVE | REPEAT, but how do I live my mantra when I’m away? Do I let it all go, or do I stick to it like glue? Read on to find out…
The whole purpose of a weekend away is generally to take a break from work, let your hair down and recharge. Sometimes though, you return home feeling like you need a detox and recovery from your city break.
This weekend we were in Amsterdam, and we struck the perfect balance of letting our hair down and recharging our batteries.
As the saying goes: “Start as you mean to go on”…Our Eurostar departed London at 11am, so we had a good night’s sleep and a solid breakfast before we left. We started our journey well-rested and in a great mood, and we carried this energy with us the whole weekend.
AirBnBs were super-expensive due to it being ‘Pride’ weekend, so we decided to stay at The Hilton. Staying in a hotel like the Hilton is great, since a) you know what you’re going to get b) they’re usually well-placed and c) there’s access to a gym. We started each day with a roll-out, stretching and some light resistance training. My wife chooses every workout based on how she feels, how much time she’s spent at the desk, and how much sleep she’s had. It’s not about adding extra stress or necessarily being high-intensity, instead, it’s about doing something that makes her FEEL GOOD. This weekend, we kept our morning workouts short but sweet… about 30 mins, with a focus on mobility and core strength.
Day 2: We woke up slowly, had a cuppa, watched the news and hit the gym for a quick workout. The Hilton had a great health club with a beautiful Pilates Studio and a wall filled with celebrity photos who have previously stayed. We both focused on some light cardio before some weighted circuits. The perfect combo to complement another day of exploring.
The weather was perfect and we’d chosen ‘The Avocado show’ for our first breakfast spot. Knowing a queue gathers after 10am, we walked there for pole position, and we were glad we did! Sure enough, at 10:05, the queue was beginning.
The Avocado Show creates - “visually stunning and delicious dishes made with love from nutritious, sustainable avocados.”. They didn’t disappoint. Everything was as delicious as it looked.
I chose the ‘Bun Burger’, whilst Allira chose the ‘The Sinner Stack’ of pancakes. Both were fully loaded with avocado as you’d expect, and both bursting with flavour, we honestly couldn’t believe how delicious yet clean our meals were. We were tempted to share one more dish, but we realised we were possibly even more curious to SEE the dish than to EAT the dish, since we were more than satisfied. Luckily, others around us ordered some of the options we’d considered, so we at least got to feast with our eyes!
Next, we leisurely made our way around the De Pjip, browsing (and buying!) at some of the local shops.
By the time we got home, we’d had a few drinks, way too many giggles and we were beat, so we decided to jump into bed and watch a movie.
We decide not to set an alarm and woke naturally at around 9am on Sunday. Again, the usual morning routine of some cuppas, some news, and a quick gym sesh (where we focused on resetting our feet with a golf ball) before heading-off for brunch and a hot-lap around the museums.
Once we’d finished eating, we strolled through VondelPark where we enjoyed some time in the sun before heading to Museumplein and eventually returning home.
The Hilton was on one of Amsterdam’s many canals, and had a beautiful canal-side bar and terrace, so we sat outside, snuggled in the sunshine, laughing at some of the ‘funnies’ from the weekend, and commented on how good it felt to be returning home feeling like we'd truly reset. It was the perfect end to our trip.
Now, we’re sitting on the train home, looking back through all of our photos and planning our next adventure.
Weekends away are meant to be fun, relaxing and rejuvenating, and ours certainly was. Here’s an overview of the key things that helped make this trip such a nice ‘break’, but also helps us return home feeling GOOD and ready for the week to come:
A healthy lifestyle is all about balance, which can mean different things to different people, but most people would agree that balance supports a good frame of mind. Its more than physical, its also mental.
Have you been to Amsterdam? Do your city breaks make or break you!? I’d love to know what you think!
Speak soon, JC.