We all have been there...worked out hard all work week, ate healthy meals while avoiding temptations, but somehow the weekends still pose a threat to our health goals. We often think of Friday nights, Saturday and Sunday as our days of rest and fun; however, these three days are just as important as the following workdays. The unstructured time that weekends hold may cause us to jump ship. Instead of thinking of weekends as unstructured time that might jeopardize your weight-loss and fitness goals, think of this time as a chance to practice and perfect your healthy behaviors.
Here are a few tips to help you stay on track with your workout goals throughout the weekend.
1.) Eat like it's a weekday. Yes, that still means squeezing in all those vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean meats, and healthy fats. Just because it is a weekend doesn't mean you have to lose all the hard work that you put in from the previous week. If it helps, try packing a lunch as if you would on a regular weekday.
2.) Pick either Saturday or Sunday to practice a slightly longer workout, considering you might have a little extra time on your hands. On the other day, make sure to stretch those legs and take a brisk walk around your neighborhood. Remember, bodies in motion stay in motion while those at rest stay at rest; our bodies were made to move, so get up and challenge yourself to something new!
3.) Try to stick to your regular sleeping pattern, trust me your body will thank you! Staying regimented will help your body feel re-energized for that Monday morning workout. Plus, the more your body gets use to a habitual sleeping pattern, the easier weight-loss will be.
4.) Practice moderation, the weekend can be a completely different lifestyle, but be sure to treat your body like a temple. Like any other machine, our bodies need good fuel and oil to run efficiently. If you decide to have those foods you have been craving all week, remember to stick to the serving sizes.
5.) Let go of stress by relaxing in nature. Get outside and allow yourself to breathe in the fresh air and soak up a few sun rays. The sun allows the body to produce more Vitamin D, which in turn causes us to be happier...and come on who doesn't love to be happy?
So don't let those weekend temptations get the best of you! Remember that living healthy is a lifestyle. Don't forget to check out the Bionic Body website for the class schedule. See you here!
by Morgan Griffin