After a week of phone calls, emails, schedules and appointments, it is important to take the weekend to enjoy yourself, unwind, and relax in a healthy way. Here are 6 tips for a healthy weekend!
This one may be obvious but that because it’s so important, especially for those people who have a desk job. After 5 days of sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day, your body needs some serious activity over the weekend. This doesn’t mean that you need to go spend 5 hours in the gym to make up for it. Make your weekend fitness fun! Go for a hike, ride your bike around the park, take a walk with your best friend, dance until you break a sweat and laugh until your abs hurt. Weekends are all about the freedom to do what you want with whomever you want to, just make your choices healthy!
Turn off your phone
Okay, you don’t actually need to turn your phone off. But you should stay away from it as much as possible throughout the weekend. This goes for laptops, tablets, and TV’s too. After staring at a computer screen all week (depending on your job), your eyes need a hiatus from those glossy, hi-res screens. Take a break from the stress of emails and phone calls, that is what the week days are for. Give your mind a break for the weekend and stay away from the technology! This way you will be refreshed and ready to tackle the work week come Monday morning.
Get some Vitamin D
Unfortunately, those florescent office lights are not a good source of Vitamin D. While it is important to protect your body from the harmful UVA and UVB rays that come from the sun by wearing sunscreen, getting a little sunlight is still good for you! The hormone Vitamin D is synthesized from sunlight and helps with everything from weight management to immune function. Who knew getting a tan could look good AND feel good?
Keep your sleep schedule
Have you ever gotten the feeling of jetlag on a Monday Morning? Well it’s a real thing and you are not alone! It’s called Social Jetlag. Taking the weekend to sleep in sounds great, right? But it can actually make your work week that much harder. When you sleep in later, you go to bed later and this causes a change in your sleep cycle to develop over the weekend. When Monday morning rolls around, your body is no longer used to waking up early and it can make those Monday blues all the more difficult. So stay on track with your sleep cycle over the weekend. Wake up early, enjoy a cup of coffee and give yourself even more time to do what you want to do on your days off!
Eat like it’s still a weekday
Often times people can eat really healthy throughout the week and then throw it all away with unhealthy food choices over the weekend. It can be easier to maintain a healthy diet throughout the week because of the structure that comes with having a schedule and a routine every day. The freedom of the weekend can often times cause you to fall off track with your eating plan. Make it a priority to eat the same way on Saturday as you would on a Wednesday. You can even set timers on your phone to remind yourself when and what to eat in order to make it feel more scheduled like your weekday meals.
This may sound as though it is in direct contrast to the first activity mentioned, but it’s really not. Just like with any workout, it is important to recover after a long week of work. So get outside, get active, and have some fun over the weekend. But remember to give your mind and body some rest by reading a good book, meditating, or simply spending time with friends and family. Being healthy is about much more than just your physical appearance. It is about feeling healthy in your mind, body and soul.
Have a happy and healthy weekend!