Most people tend to have a Monday through Friday routine when it comes to a lot of things. This is mostly because we center our routines and activities around our work schedules. So, come the weekend, it’s only normal to want to throw schedules out the window and unwind for a couple of days. But, getting a little too relaxed can be detrimental to our health and fitness progress.
Fitting in a trip to the gym or eating healthy foods between going to brunch or attending a party can feel super difficult – but there are a few ways you can make sure you create a balance that allows you to stay on track without sacrificing your fun.
Let’s take a look at our top six tips to help you stay on track toward having a healthy weekend.
6 Realistic Tips to Sticking to Your Healthy Routine Even on the Weekend
#1 Meditate in the mornings
Make it a point to incorporate some meditation or mindfulness into your weekend morning routine (and every morning!). Taking some time to set good intentions for your day will set you on the right path for making good decisions. Even just five or 10 minutes can have a lasting and positive impact on your mental state throughout the day.
#2 Make swaps instead of restricting yourself
Just because you’re trying to stick to a healthy eating plan, doesn’t mean you can’t live a little. Just be smart about it! For instance, instead of ordering a lemon drop martini which is super high in calories, swap it out for a vodka soda with a slice of orange. Or if you really want that burger, go for it! Just swap out the side of fries for seasonal veggies or sweet potato fries.
#3 Plan your meals
For some reason, lots of us tend to have a clear idea of what we’ll be having for dinner throughout the week, but come the weekend, it’s all out the window. Try and plan your meals to reach that healthy weekend just as you would the work week. When you eat a healthy breakfast and lunch, there’s no need to beat yourself up over splurging a little at dinner.
#4 Do something outside
Take advantage of your free time on the weekend by getting outside. We’re usually cooped up indoors during the week, and even though we might go to the gym, we rarely get to spend a lot of time in the fresh air. Make it a point to take a walk, go for a hike, or do an outdoor activity to get some vitamin D and take a few nice big breaths. Plus, you’ll be burning calories while having some fun!
#5 Pick a drink and stick to it
Limiting alcohol intake is something you should always do, but having a few drinks on the weekend is totally fine. Make it a rule to pick one lower-calorie drink, like a vodka soda, and only order that drink throughout the night. Bouncing around from a drink to a shot to a beer can cause you to lose track of how many you’ve had and end up ruining your weekend. By being aware of what you’re drinking, you’ll be more likely to make thoughtful choices.
#6 Stay focused
Keep a journal or write yourself notes around the house to remind yourself why you have a healthy routine in the first place. Does it make you feel healthy? Are you more sharp-minded? Do you feel empowered or accomplished? On Saturday and Sunday mornings, make it a point to go over the reasons why you’re on a health or fitness path to remind yourself to stay focused.
Whether we want to admit it or not, we’re in full control of every decision we make. This includes food, fitness, and wellness choices and this includes all seven days of the week. Don’t let one setback throw off your entire weekend. If you went a little too hard and heavy on Friday night, don’t use it as an excuse to “start over” on Monday. Just wake up, drink some water, and begin the day afresh. Just be sure to make your next choice a good one! It’s as easy as that.