Life is a little extra busy lately, but all of it in a good way! Mr Never Cooks and I are signing the papers for our VERY FIRST HOME tomorrow on top of wedding planning. The timing is even a little special, it’ll be exactly one year after he proposed! If you’ve been going through your own life changes or events, you know just how difficult it is to stay on track with your fitness and health goals. Below are the top tips that I’ve been using to keep my motivation going strong over the weekends.
1. Wake Up Early…No Matter What
Okay, so this one is not a good idea if you find yourself in a 3-week long bout of insomnia. But if you’re just trying to make it through a series of busy weekends, don’t let a late Friday night derail your Saturday-Sunday productivity.
I’ll often get around 6 hours of sleep on a Friday night before rising right around 6am Saturday morning. That guarantees me time to workout, make myself a healthy breakfast, and tackle my day (instead of letting my day tackle me). To be totally honest, I rarely feel good when I sleep in anyway. It’s one of the only times I get headaches anymore these days, and I never feel well-rested.
2. Take Your Entertainment To-Go
I like the idea of a Netflix binge-day as much as the next Millennial, but the last time I tried it out I felt like, well, utter garbage by the time the sun set. My hips were sore from sitting all day, I felt overly full because my normal amount of food probably takes into account some level of physical activity, and I felt seriously guilty. Now, that last one I could deal with, because we should NOT feel bad for taking a day for ourselves. It’s just that it may look different for everyone is all. My personal days usually involve a grocery shopping trip (because all my favorite foods exist at Costco) and volunteering somewhere.
When I’m out and about on the weekends, though, I love listening to my Podcasts in the car. I usually take the train and the aerial tram into work, so I’m always listening through headphones which tend to irritate my ears over time. It’s just a simple joy to listen to my favorite comedians chat true crime while I’m out and about.
3. Do Your Favorite Workout
Maybe you follow a specific workout program during the week. Or you take barre classes. Whatever your fitness and health goals are, let yourself just do whatever brings you joy physically on the weekend. For some people, that’s hiking with their dogs. For others, it’s a killer lift session. I really love arm workouts, so I usually bust out my favorite moves Saturday morning. Let the weekend be the place where you rediscover the things you love about your active lifestyle instead of the place you go to escape it.
4. Build Your Health & Fitness Community
The weekends are an awesome opportunity to build up the community of health and fitness oriented friends. Investing in these relationships can help carry you through those days when all you want to do is throw in the towel. Meeting up for a coffee or a yoga class can be a great way to strengthen those bonds. Then you have someone to text when you’re extremely confused about how the heck you peel a grapefruit (true story).
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5. Treat It Like Any Other Day
I don’t know about you, but I tend to go seriously off the rails when I try to move my schedule around on the weekends. Putting off breakfast so that I can have a late brunch, evening workouts instead of my normal AM sweat session, or PJs until the sun starts setting again tend to make me feel more stressed out than well-rested. I’m a big fan of self-care, but for some people that still means sticking with your regularly scheduled programming. Especially breakfast.