“…I’m about to have me some fun…”
The weekend is officially upon us! Hopefully you are ending the week on a good note. The following are measures and advice you can take to create a few relaxing, yet productive days off for yourself. Working one or two of these tips into your weekend will help you maximize your off-time.
Get in a good, solid workout
Carve some quality gym or outdoors time. Instead of blowing through the same 20-minute treadmill workout you tackled on Tuesday, use your free time to try something new—and maybe a bit more challenging. Does your gym have a pool that you’ve never used? Swim some laps. Looking to tackle that bike trail? Make this the weekend to do it. The idea is to get creative, do something different, and spend some real, quality time focused on your fitness and goals. Grab a friend and do it together for extra points. 🙂
Take a Rest
Rest is good. Spend one of your days off taking a physical & mental break.
Experts say you shouldn’t stray too far from your normal weekday sleep schedule, because it could interfere and confuse your brain for the week ahead. Maybe staying out all night with the girls or having a weekend bender and crashing on Sunday isn’t a good idea after all…. I am a huge fan of naps, as are a lot of experts. For many people, naps can improve brain function and boost creativity, and they’re incredibly restorative. So if you’re feeling sleepy, feel free to get some afternoon shut-eye.
Either you plan every waking second, and spend your entire two days running around from event to event. Or you don’t plan a single thing, and spend the time sitting on your couch. So it’s important to find a balance. Plan one or two main events for your weekend. Be sure to include some downtime – when you can catch up on anything that makes you feel happy and relaxed, like thumbing through magazines, baking, or reading.
Don’t waste your Mornings
As mentioned before, sleeping until noon will not only blow your day, it’ll mess with your sleep cycle later on. Plus, you’ll burn precious “you” time that could have been better spent on activities you actually enjoy doing. I like to spend the first hour after waking up sitting on my back porch, eating breakfast, and catching up with the news via social media. But after an hour of lounging, I like to get my day underway.
try to stick to your healthy diet
I’m a huge advocate of everything-in-moderation. I don’t foresee myself, or any normal human being for that matter, ever being able to stick to a very strict no sugar, no carbs, no whatever diet plan for any substantial amount of time. The challenge is remembering the moderation part. On a weekend, when you’re not on a set schedule, it’s easy to overdo it on cookies or chips—I find I’m tempted to snack a LOT more when I’m not at work all day—so while some indulgent snacking is okay, be sure to set a limit on it, and do it mindfully, instead of mindlessly.
As mentioned in a previous blog post, Water Quick Tips, during the week I typically carry a 64 oz bottle of water with me. But on the weekends, I just tend to forget. The easiest way to make sure you meet your hydration needs is by starting your day with a big glass (or two) of H2O. Drink it while tidying up the house or waiting on breakfast to be cooked. Doing so puts you ahead of schedule, water-wise, and sets you up to remember to keep sipping all day long.