Long weekends are notorious for overindulgence. Food, beverages, snacks and treats seem to go hand in hand with an extra day off. But, it doesn’t have to be so. There are things you can do to stay on track over the next few days.
Here are 6 quick tips for you to stay the course. Remember, a long weekend doesn’t have to always mean losing your focus on your health and fitness.
Tip #1: Plan your workouts & stick to them
Commit to getting your workouts in. They don’t have to be long and drawn out, but committing to being active over the weekend will help you “remember” that your fitness and nutrition are important #2.
Tip #2: Drink your water
There’s nothing like a nice drink over the weekend, I won’t dispute that. But remember it’s also important to hydrate with water. If you’re really wanting a fancy drink there are many delicious and nutritious non-alcoholic punches. If you do choose to indulge in alcoholic beverages, be sure to drink water in between.
Tip #3: Eat your vegetables
Yeah, this one seems like a no-brainer, but with tables of dips, crackers and chips it is easy to overlook your vegetables. Try this: fill half of your plate with veggies. Yup, half. Eat your veggies FIRST, then you can snack on the gooey deliciousness.
Tip #4: Get active as a family
Plan activities that get you and your family moving this weekend. Go for a hike, a family bike ride, register for a race as a team or even check off some of your yard work tasks. Whatever it is, get active…together.
Tip #5: Don’t give yourself permission
It’s easy to get into the cycle of “it’s only a few days, so I’m just going to enjoy myself this weekend and not care”. No. No. No. No. No. NO! You do care. So, don’t give yourself permission to overindulge. Sure, give yourself a little flexibility, enjoy food you don’t typically eat, but that doesn’t mean eat ALL the food. As soon as you say, or even think, “all rules are off this weekend” you’re going to go too far. So, don’t give yourself that permission. Instead, give yourself permission to treat your body well. BOOM!
Tip #6: Get some rest & recharge
So many times long weekends are extremely busy. We try to fit in so much, see so many people, be as social as possible, when really what our bodies need is rest. Try not to over-plan this weekend. Have as much fun as you want to have, but being social gets to be a chore, something’s gotta give. Your body needs rest, so plan one night at home as a family night to rest, recharge, love and laugh.
If you DO go off the rails one day, that doesn’t mean it has to be all weekend. Stop. Breathe. Get back on track. One bad day doesn’t mean the entire weekend is a waste and there’s not fixing it. So, put on your velvet gloves, be kind to yourself, accept that you overindulged then go kick your butt with a great HIIT or strength workout! I LOVE this 4-40-4 workout from our Hot Mama Fit Red Deer owner, Kyra…give it a whirl.
There ya have it, Mamas. Stick to these tips and remember your fitness, health, nutrtion and energy are important. Long weekends aren’t a reason to go crazy and lose focus on fueling your body the way it deserves to be fueled. So, focus on you, how imporant treating your body and soul are and have a wonderful few days!
Eat well. Drink plenty of water. Laugh. Rest.