Day 13: 7 Tips For A Healthier Weekend

by carolyn on April 13, 2012

Let’s just be honest…more often than not the weekend can mean the end to our healthy habits. Hitting the gym Monday-Friday morning may be as natural to you as brushing your teeth, but when Saturday rolls around it can be hard to find the motivation or time to make it happen. Same goes for the 6 light meals a day. Who can follow that rule of thumb when brunches and cocktail parties abound?

You probably either spend your weekends being really lazy or really busy; or, if you’re like me, a weird and inexplicable combination of both. Here are a few ideas to help keep yourself in check while having a crazy, relaxing, or crazy/relaxing weekend.

  1. Hit up the pool or the beach. Nothing makes you want to make healthy food choices more than putting on a swimsuit. If you’re at the beach, sand is a great appetite suppressant (it gets in all of your food) and it’s crazy hard to walk in. You pretty much get a decent workout just walking to the shore. If you’re not lucky enough to live by the beach, go play in the pool. Water is so rejuvenating!
  2. If you have dogs or kids, or know someone who does, take them to the park! It’s my puppies’ favorite thing to do. If we’re the only ones there, I end up running around with them so I get some exercise in. Throwing the Frisbee or tennis ball to them for a few hours also helps. If you have kids, pushing them on the swing gives the same arm workout effect. Your pets/children shouldn’t be the only ones tired after a trip to the park!
  3. Always have a bottle of water with you. It’s easy enough to stay hydrated when you’re at your desk all day with the fridge or water cooler just feet away. Not so easy if you’re on the go all weekend. Don’t be a victim of dehydration!
  4. Do something that feeds your soul. Maybe this means volunteering, going to church, calling a friend from college, or writing a thank you letter. Everyone needs something different. This will fulfill a part of you that even food and exercise can’t reach.
  5. Pick just 1 health goal for the weekend. It can be something that takes 15 seconds a day like taking a vitamin. Or try something new like rock wall climbing for your workout (this is something I have absolutely no interest in, but I am banking on my readers being more adventurous and ambitious than I am). Just set a small (or big) goal and reach it. Instant success!
  6. Spring Cleaning. Pick a room and tidy it up. Cleaning is another one of those great, natural workouts that I try to avoid. But when I do get rid of clutter and take a few bags of old clothes to Goodwill, it feels good to have more room in my house and in my life. Fill that new space with zen or designer bags – your call. You know what I’d do.
  7. Bust a Move. This is by far the most important tip. If you choose to drink, you should choose to dance. Some of my best workouts have been on the dance floor. You know you had a good night if your feet are blistered and you can barely move your arms the next day.

How do you stay motivated throughout the weekend? What’s your favorite dance move?

 

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1 Lisa April 13, 2012 at 7:27 pm

You are such an inspiration! I am so proud of you! I love advocate shakes. I will send you some powdered PB2 to mix in your shake, also put some fresh kale and blueberries in your shakes,kale is a perfect food

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2 carolyn April 13, 2012 at 7:57 pm

thank you lisa! I have PB2! I’ve been scared to mix kale into shakes but ive done blueberries and spinach before :)

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