Your Weekend Strategies to Stay FIT!

Does this sound like you?

You’re on track all week long, then Friday rolls around and slowly you find yourself “letting loose.” A little too loose. Like, “half a pizza and a pint of beer to wash it down” type of loose.

Whether you’re tired, bored or just lack a strict daily routine on the weekends, just keep in mind that Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays account for 12+ days of each month — that’s almost half the month! Your approach to these fun leisure days is probably one of the most important areas to tackle in regards to reaching your health and fitness goals.

So here we go… Try these two things this weekend and let’s not let any more wicked weekends derail you from your progress.
Workout First Thing in the Morning
Studies have shown those who exercise first thing in the morning have more energy, focus, and sleep better. Morning workouts also make it less likely something else will get in the way or knock you off course.

“But I’m not a morning person.” We get it. Neither were we… at first. Force yourself to do it this weekend, and keep doing it as much as you can. Just see for yourself how it makes you feel for the rest of the month. Get up and get going!! If it’s really not for you, at least you can say you legitimately tried.

The biggest “reason” why people say they don’t workout is “not having time.” Waking up and exercising ensures you get your workout in, and starts your day on a positive foot which will transition into the rest of your day. You’ll feel full of energy and ready to tackle any obstacle that comes your way.

Some may be surprised to learn that getting up early to workout will actually help you sleep better too. Studies have shown that evening workouts may interfere with falling asleep at night. Also, having a morning workout ensures you go to bed early in order to get up early, creating a regular routine in your daily life.
Set an alarm for an early wakeup call each day this weekend and FIGHT THE URGE to crawl back into bed or hit snooze. Just get up and get your workout over with before your brain realizes what is going on! 🙂
Use Extra Time for Food & Meal Prep
We’re all busy so having the time to make healthy dinner can be a challenge during the week. One of the things that helped the most for us when we first transitioned to a healthy lifestyle was learning to add meal prepping to our Sunday list of things to do.

It’s quicker and easier than you think, and doing this removes a huge obstacle of having healthy food on hand for the rest of the week.

Sunday food prep ensures that we stay on track during the week when we often get so busy that at the end of a long day all we can do to “cook dinner” is grab whatever food is ready at the front of the fridge. 
Try bulk cooking complex carbs (quinoa, rice, potatoes, etc) with veggies on Sat. or Sun. to ensure that what you reach for when you’re “tired” is a good nutritional choice. Also try washing, cutting & prepping raw vegetables and fruit right when you get home from the grocery store so they’re ready to grab-n-go!