10 Tips for Staying Healthy on the Weekends

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10 Tips for Staying Healthy on the Weekends - ahealthyresolve.com
The weekend is coming. Along with that comes warmer weather, cookouts, campfires, and fun with friends and family. It may also mean eating 'ALL THE FOOD'. Haha! Right? There are so many goodies to be had over the weekends and let's not even get into the beverages. How can you stay on track? Here are my top 10 tips for staying on track over the weekend.

1. Don't skip your workout.

When you know that your nutrition may not be as on track, skipping your workout is the last thing you should do. I know that the weekend schedule may be busy. I get up earlier when I know I am going to have a hard time fitting it in so that I have NO EXCUSES! If I have time, I will even try to do a little bit more than I typically have time for during the week. Maybe it is a scheduled rest day, but that doesn't mean that you can't do any activity. Go for a walk, bike ride, or play Just Dance on the Wii with your family. :P Whatever! Just get moving! Active rest is great recovery for your body!

2. Eat like you do during the week.

Schedules change on the weekends and I know it becomes more difficult to make sure that you are eating when and how you should, but it is so important. I know for me, I can easily miss meals on the weekends because we are so busy. So I still plan my food, pack it and take it with me if we aren't going to be home. This helps keep me from becoming too hungry and stuffing my face with whatever is closest! Haha!

3. Eat before you eat.

Ok. So you have a party, cookout, whatever. You know that there will be food there but you may not have control over how it fits into your lifestyle. Eat ahead of time! An apple with peanut butter, cottage cheese and fruit, or any other typical snack that you would have during the week. The last thing you want to do is go to a party hungry. It makes it really hard to maintain your will power!

4. Stick to your sleep schedule.

Messing with your sleep schedule can mess with your eating schedule which then just throws your whole day off! :) And if you are like me, if you end up sleep deprived, you may find yourself wanting to turn to food to stay awake. Don't fall into the trap! Stay in your normal routine as much as you can.

5. Easy on the drinks.

You may refrain from beer, wine, or soda during the week, but are more relaxed about it on the weekends. There are so many hidden calories in our drinks! They add up quickly! Remember balance! It's ok to have a couple of drinks but practice moderation!

6. Change your way of thinking. 

You may be thinking that you did awesome this week with your diet and nutrition but the weekend comes and you deserve to be 'rewarded' for your sacrifice. Do not reward yourself with food! You have worked too hard to ruin a great week by falling off the wagon and binging for the weekend. I will say it over and over. BALANCE! If you want a treat meal, fine. But don't fall into the trap of rewarding yourself with food. Choose other rewards. You did great this week so buy a new outfit or something else (non-food related) that makes you happy!

7. Step on the scale on Monday mornings.

Now you know I'm not a fan of the scale. Most of the time it is a liar liar pants on fire! BUT if you go through your weekend knowing that you have to look at that number on Monday, it may be what you need to stay on track. Another benefit is that it can help you get back on track at the beginning of the week instead of letting your weekend fun roll into the week. :)

8. Allow yourself to rest and relax.

Our schedules are crazy. We are running around like we are nuts all week long with kids' sports and other activities. While the weekend still has some of that, we also like to plan for time to rest and recharge. Take a day to get off of social media and spend time with your family or friends. I don't know about you, but stress makes me want to eat! So when I take the time to relax, it definitely helps!

9. Plan for the week ahead.

Sundays in the Jordan house are spent planning and prepping for the coming week. This helps me to stay on track for the coming week and also makes my life a little less hectic because I know exactly what we are eating and have shopped for it. I plan through the following weekend which helps me stay on track also!

10. Don't Stress. No guilt.

Listen. Life happens. While all of these tips will help and work most of the time, no plan is perfect. NO ONE is perfect. On occasion, you will go to a party hungry and eat everything you see. You will drink too much. Maybe you planned for it, maybe you didn't. The key is don't stress about it and DO NOT allow food guilt to take over. It doesn't help! What's done is done. Learn from it and move on. It doesn't mean you are a failure. You keep going because in the end we are just trying our best every day to do a little better. :)

I hope that these tips help you in the weekends to come!

- Tina Jordan
Team Beachbody Coach

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