Do we make the right food and work out choices over the weekend? On Friday or Saturday night does your will power go out the window?
Weekends are made to enjoy, revive, rest, play and prepare for the next week!
The weekend sure can pose a challenge to our health and weight-loss goals. During the week, we tend to plan ahead and follow a schedule. We get up, eat breakfast, head to work, eat planned snacks during our breaks, enjoy lunch at the same scheduled time each day, and find ways to squeeze in a little exercise.
But now the weekend is here!! Yikes!! Without a set schedule, one weekend can easily undo a whole week of healthy habits!
The good news is that weekends don’t have to be that way. Yep weekends can be a great time to practice healthy behaviors because you usually have more time to do so!
How do you change unhealthy weekend habits?
1. Squeeze in a longer workout.
The best part of the weekend is that you have more free time. So while you might not be able to squeeze in a 30-minute run over lunch during the week, you can use the weekend to go for a longer run at a beautiful park nearby. Or go to the gym to try a new hour-long class. Use the weekend as a time to refresh your workout and get more activity in without feeling rushed.
2. Eat like it’s a weekday.
When you think about it, it doesn’t really make much sense to eat differently on the weekend than you do during the week. It can be easy to skip meals on the weekend and then make up for it later by overindulging at dinner. You need to still eat breakfast, lunch and dinner while sitting down. Take a snack for when you’re on the go, and follow a schedule just like you would during the week. Your well-being will thank you!
3. Stick to your usual sleep schedule.
Do you stay up late and sleep in on the weekends? Changing your sleep patterns could throw off your schedule. Just think of all those times you stayed up later than usual, got hungry and ended up eating something unhealthy!
Because most of us work indoors during the daylight hours, the weekend provides a nice opportunity to get outside, see the sun and connect with nature. Heading outside can boost your body’s production of vitamin D, plus studies show that people are happier when they spend time out in nature. So, get out there and enjoy the great outdoors!
5. Fuel yourself for weekday success.
Ask yourself honestly if you pushed yourself too hard with workouts or restricted your food or calories too much during the week. If so, come Friday, your body may be hungry and tired, which can lead to overeating and under exercising on the weekend. Remember to practice moderation every day, eating and exercising in a way that you can sustain for the long haul—not just a few days or weeks.
While many of us forgo the soda, beer and wine during the week, we loosen up over the weekend and drink more of our calories. Just remember that the calories in beverages can add up quickly if you’re not careful. Go easy on the drinks, or try healthier drink swaps! Practice moderation when it comes to alcohol, too.
Most of us are busy during the week and even our weekends seem to become non-stop errands, chores, work and travel. So how do you find time to relax? Take the weekend to schedule some downtime for at least an hour or two. Do something every weekend that recharges you.
8. Break the wishy washy diet mentality!
If you have a history in yo-yo dieting, make sure that you’re not alternating between being “good” and “bad” throughout the course of a week. View the weekend as time for you—not a time to ignore your diet and exercise plan! Remember that being at a healthy weight is about sustainable healthy lifestyle changes, not just a diet and exercise plan that you can maintain Monday through Friday.
Strictly optional…if you need extra help being accountable over the weekend, schedule your weekly weigh-in for Monday morning. This can help with your weekly schedule!
10. Plan for the week ahead.
What better way to stay healthy on the weekend than by using your extra time to continue to set yourself up for success. Take a Sunday afternoon or evening to plan your meals, hit the grocery store, and do some big batch cooking for the week ahead.
This way, when your busy week gets even busier, you’ll already be ahead of the curve and able to stay on track!
We all know realistically that sometimes it is hard to commit to a plan when things just happen! Just keep these tips in the back of your mind and try to at least do some of them, if not all. You will not regret it!
So have a great weekend!!!!
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