Continuing Your Healthy Lifestyle This Bank Holiday

Whilst scheduled workouts and healthy packed lunches fit easily within our workday routines, many of us struggle to stay committed as the weekend rolls around. With its promises of boozy parties and decadent dinner dates it’s easy to overindulge, making us feel like we have ruined a week of hard work.

This definitely doesn’t need to be the case, and these top tips will help you enjoy every second of your weekend without straying too far from the healthy lifestyle you love to live.

1. Drink Smart

Looking after your health doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a few drinks after work on a Friday night but do choose carefully. Be kind to yourself and opt for lower sugar options such as vodka, fresh lime and soda instead of splurging on calorie dense cocktails. Remember to keep hydrated and aim to drink a glass of water for every alcoholic drink you consume. It’ll help you avoid dehydration and keep that pesky Saturday morning hangover at bay.

Looking after your health doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a few drinks after work on a Friday night, but do choose carefully. Be kind to yourself and opt for lower sugar options such as vodka, fresh lime and soda instead of splurging on calorie dense cocktails. Remember to keep hydrated and aim to drink a glass of water for every alcoholic drink you consume. It’ll help you avoid dehydration and keep that pesky Saturday morning hangover at bay.

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2. Swap Your Takeaway for a Fakeaway

Can’t resist your weekend ritual of winding down at home with one of your favourite takeaways? Give your waistline and your wallet a break by getting creative in the kitchen instead. Nowadays it’s so easy to find delicious, healthy recipes online to replace your favourite pizza, Indian or Chinese takeout. Get your loved ones involved and spend some quality time whipping up a homemade feast. It’s likely to taste a hundred times better and will leave you feeling a lot more nourished than the greasy alternative.

3. Optimise The Extra Workout Time

Often a lack of time can have our weekday workouts cut short, as we worry about mounting shower queues or rush hour traffic. Make the most out of having some extra time this weekend and add on 15 minutes to your workout to really feel the burn. Pick your favourite studio class or gym routine so you savour every extra minute.

Do your early rising kids make long weekend gym sessions a long forgotten luxury? Instead, get the whole family involved and spend your afternoon swimming, biking or simply playing in the park. Running around after your little ones all day is certainly going to work up a sweat!

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4. Be Prepared

Instead of arriving at a friend’s party feeling famished, ready to devour every cheese puff or chocolate treat in sight, prepare a light meal to eat beforehand. It might sound counterintuitive but eating a simple, healthy meal or snack will keep you feeling satisfied without the need to go to town on the party food. Likewise, if your heading out for the day then be prepared by packing healthy snacks such as fruit, nuts or protein bars. This will help you enjoy your day without the worry of when hunger might strike.

5. Prepare for the Week Ahead

Utilise your weekend and put some time aside to prep some healthy snacks and meals for the week ahead. The best way to stay on track and avoid grabbing convenience options is to have nutritious meals stocked in your fridge or freezer for when you get home late or simply don’t want to cook. It will take so much pressure of your week, making the lifestyle you want to live so much more accessible and easy to stick to!

Utilise your weekend and put some time aside to prep some healthy snacks and meals for the week ahead. The best way to stay on track and avoid grabbing convenience options is to have nutritious meals stocked in your fridge or freezer for when you get home late or simply don’t want to cook. It will take so much pressure of your week, making the lifestyle you want to live so much more accessible and easy to stick to!

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6. Recharge, Recover and Treat Yourself in Moderation

The weekend is the perfect time to recover after a busy week so take the opportunity to put your feet up and unwind. Catching up on some sleep and relaxing is not only important for your mental

The weekend is the perfect time to recover after a busy week so take the opportunity to put your feet up and unwind. Catching up on some sleep and relaxing is not only important for your mental wellbeing but is also crucial to let your hard worked muscles recover. Don’t be afraid to treat yourself too. Eating what you love in moderation will not derail your progress and can actually help making good choices the rest of the time a lot easier. In the long run, being too strict and regimented with your diet often leads to overindulgence and binging. So enjoy your hard earned weekend and you’ll wake up on Monday morning feeling refreshed and ready to take on a brand new week!

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