If you’re focused heavily on work and find you’re totally stressed at the end of the day, you really should do something every day to chill out and relax. Exercising is one way to do it. However, when the work week ends, it’s definitely time to unwind. Some people use happy hour, but that’s not necessarily the best. There are healthy weekend activities you can do that will make you feel far better than a few happy hour drinks and don’t add calories in the process.
Have fun with your family.
If you have children, a spouse or both, planning a Saturday or Sunday adventure will be memories that they’ll have forever. Make it an active outing, either hiking in the woods, walking the zoo, rock climbing or just playing a physical game. Not only will it be better for your health and waistline, it will be a good habit for all of you. If you don’t have children or a spouse, family is still important. Visit with older family members and if they’re not able to walk, pushing them in a wheelchair is good for your health and will give them a chance to be out and about. Taking time to get together with friends is another option. Healthy active times with people you care about is good for the body and the soul.
Use alternate transportation to get chores done.
It’s the weekend and you don’t have to scramble to get to work, so ditch the car keys and put a basket on your bike to carry groceries. Not everyone has a store close enough to use a bike or they have far to many large items to carry. In that case, find ways to increase your steps. Don’t circle the lot to find the closest spot. Park in a spot in the lot a distance from the stores and walk. Don’t use the elevator or escalator but take the stairs. Keep your feet moving as much as possible.
Get creative in the kitchen.
Cooking healthy can be quite rewarding, but also a challenge. Find ways to create healthy recipes and make a few meals to freeze and cook during the week. It will save the hassle of creating meals when you’re most tired and help you avoid the urge of making your weekday dinner a carryout delight. Whether you have a children and/or a spouse or are happily single and carefree, having dinners in the refrigerator or freezer make you look forward to the evening.
Smile, smile, smile. That’s right. Studies show that even if you fake a smile, it’s healthy for you. A good belly laugh, whether real or faked, is as qwll. Take time to identify all the good things in your life that you’re thankful for and when you do, you’ll smile for real.
Keep your regular sleep schedule. Too often people sleep in late on the weekend and then disrupt their sleep pattern. Sticking with it even though it’s Saturday will keep you feeling better all week long.
Carve out time for yourself. You probably have a whole list of things that need to be done around the house. Make sure one of those things is one hour just for you. Whether you choose to use it for a bubble bath or just to watch grass grow is your decision.
Keep your work at work. Don’t drag home work and expect to feel refreshed and ready on Monday.