Saturday, March 9, 2019

5 Tips for a Healthy Weekend

For many people it is easy to maintain a healthy lifestyle during the work week. However, when the weekend arrives we are thrown completely out of control.  Whether it is a weekend spent with friends or a weekend at the beach with family, we tend to over indulge and that can derailed us if we are focusing on a healthy lifestyle.

Weekdays for many people are structured, therefore, weekends can be seen as lazy time, or a chance to enjoy less structure. It is okay to cut yourself a little slack and enjoy life and indulge a little. But if you find yourself throwing away all the healthy gains you made during the week then it's time to reconsider.

Here a five tips to "stay" on track over the weekend;

  • Do not skip Meals - It is so easy to  skip meals on the weekend  because you are busy and just forget to eat.  Skipping meals will lead you to over-indulge because you allowed yourself to get too hungry.  Start your weekend mornings with a healthy breakfast, this is a good foundation on which to build the rest of your day. Before leaving run errands pack a light snack or have one before you go.  
  • Sleep - Just like not skipping meals, having quality sleep is very important for a healthy lifestyle.
  • Stay Active - Make the most out the free time you have by including one activity in your weekend. Take a walk, go for a hike, playing soccer, head to the gym or doing the gardening are all ways you can stay active.  
  • Have a normal Routine- One of the biggest things that throw us off during the weekend is the lack of structure and routine. Having a routine will help you to stay focus; so whether it's a  9 am gym class on Saturday, or 4 PM  family dinner on Sunday, maintaining a routine will add structure.
  • Limit Your Alcohol - Having a drink while socializing on the weekend is perfectly fine, however don't throw caution to the wind and over-indulge. It best to incorporate water or other low calorie beverages between drinks.

Moderation is key so eat, drink  and enjoy your time with family and friends, because the great thing about weekends is that they are total yours. Just remember if you slip up over the weekend, Monday is right around the corner with the opportunity to start again.


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