It is finally Friday friends!! We made it to the weekend – relaxing, family time, outdoor activities, and hanging with friends. With all the fun and excitement, do you struggle to stay on track with your health and fitness? Here are some tips and tricks I use to stay focused, especially on the weekend.
Tips & Tricks to Staying on Track
Get in a longer workout. You don’t have to spend hours in the gym, but use the extra time to your advantage. While it might seem crazy, get up at your normal time (or a little earlier if you have littles that are going to be getting up early) and crush your workout. Another option is making it a family activity, I personally love Sunday morning bike rides with my husband or long walks with the pups.
Order healthy if you eat out. It is okay to eat out occasionally, just be smart about it when you do. Stick to lean meats and veggies – skip those items that are going to make you feel icky as soon as you take the last bite. Alos, leftovers can be your friend! When I eat out I normally split a meal or have leftover for the next day. Portion sizes at restaurants are typically bigger than we should be eating, it is completely okay not to finish everything on your plate.
Drink more water. This is key, especially during the summer. Did you know you should be drinking half your body weight in oz of water per day? That means if you weight 140 lbs, you should be taking in AT LEAST 70 oz of water. Personally, I sometimes get sick of plain water and need to find creative ways to get my water intake in. Adding fresh produce (lemon, lime, cucumbers, mint, strawberries, etc.) is a great way to switch up the flavor of water without adding gross artificial colors or sweeteners.
Eat your breakfast. There is nothing worse than skipping breakfast and then pigging out on everything in sight. I used to regularly skip breakfast because I wasn’t hungry or couldn’t find time to fit it in before running out the door. The issue with this, is within a few hours I was starving and would stuff whatever I could find into my mouth without even thinking. Allowing yourself enough time in the morning for a well balanced meal will help set you up for success all day long.
Limit your alcohol. Patio drinking is a favorite activity of mine – nice weather and a cold beer. In collaboration with drinking more water, incorporating water into your drinking. A good rule of thumb is for every alcoholic beverage you consume, also drink a glass of water. This will help you stay hydrated and help you from drinking too much.
Plan.Plan.Plan. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Unfortunately, this has happened to me too many times. Spend a few hours on the weekend meal planning for the week ahead. Run to the store and grab plenty of fruits and veggies to keep the fridge full all week. I also recommend meal prepping a few meals on the weekend, you will thank me when you get home after a long day of work and don’t feel like cooking.