Sick of spoiling all that hard work with a Friday night on the town and a lazy Saturday in bed? From socialising at the gym to drinking plenty of water, here are five tips to help you have a healthy weekend.
We’ve all been there; working super hard during the week, planning and prepping all your meals, attending exercise classes regularly and making serious progress. Then Friday night comes along and, before you know it, you’re drinking alcohol and eating greasy kebabs, followed by a hungover day eating pizza and watching Netflix in bed.
So, how do you stay motivated at the weekend? Here’s five tips to help keep you on track.
1. Meet friends at the gym
Instead of catching up with friends at the pub, why not book on an exercise class and do a fun workout together?
Research shows that having a gym buddy helps you enjoy your workouts and keeps you accountable. What’s more, you can avoid all the empty calories from the alcohol you would consume at the pub while having a laugh with your friend and getting fit at the same time – winner!
2. Plan your meals
In the same way that booking on an exercise class means you’re more committed to your workout, having your meals planned means that you’re less likely to reach for the takeaway menus on a Saturday night.
3. Get back into it
There’s nothing wrong with having a few drinks IF you still get up the next day and work out. Instead of staying in bed, get up and get moving! This means setting your alarm and going for a run, attending that exercise class or doing an at-home workout. Whichever activity you decide on, make sure you do it!
4. Stay hydrated
Drink lots of water. It can be easy to see the weekend as a ‘treat’ time to drink sugar-laden, carbonated drinks, alcohol and high fructose juices. However, the best thing to nourish your body and aid your weight-loss is to drink lots of H20. It might sound boring, but if you’re serious about reaching your goals, it’s worth it.
5. Get eight hours sleep
Rest is essential for muscle rehabilitation, so use the weekend as a time to recuperate. However, avoid sleeping in for too long, otherwise you will be left feeling groggy and lethargic. Eight hours is the optimum amount of time that most adults need to recharge their exhausted batteries.
Why not find an exercise class near you and sign up this weekend?