The weekends can be a challenge when it comes to staying on track with your health goals. But with a little planning and some self-control, you can easily avoid any setbacks and stay on track!
Weekends are sometimes hard for me to stay on track because I don’t have a schedule to follow. Weekdays are more routine and easier to stick with my health goals. Weekends are usually up in the air so I have to plan more to make sure I stay on track.
But I commit to still doing my workout and try not to go far off the deep end with my nutrition. Also making sure I’m still getting enough sleep helps me stay positive and on track. Keep reading to find out more tips on how to stay on track over the weekend.
10 Tips to Help you Stay on Track over the Weekend
1. Make a Plan for the Weekend
One of the best ways to stay on track is to plan ahead. If you have a busy weekend ahead, map out your meals and snacks. That way you won’t be tempted to go off track and grab something unhealthy.
Decide ahead of time what you’re going to eat and how you’re going to stay active. This will help you stay on track and avoid any temptation to stray from your goals. The weekend doesn’t mean you should throw your healthy eating habits out the window. Eat regular meals and snacks throughout the day to keep your energy up and avoid overeating later on.
2. Choose Healthy Snacks and Meals Ahead of Time
If you have healthy snacks and meals ready to go, it will be much easier to stick to your diet over the weekend. Try packing some fruits and veggies, protein, and healthy carbs to take with you on the go.
If you know you have a lot going on this weekend. Do a little meal prep and bring your healthy food along with you. This will help you stay on track when temptation strikes.
Doing a little meal prep on Fridays is helpful. I don’t meal prep like I would for the week. But I try to have some healthy proteins and carbs ready to go. That way if I’m out and about and starving I’m not tempted to go through the drive-thru.
3. Don’t Deprive Yourself
Enjoy your favorite foods in moderation. It’s not necessary to completely avoid your favorite foods over the weekend. Just make sure you indulge in moderation and don’t overdo it. Balance is key!
If you have a craving for something, allow yourself to indulge in a small portion. Just make sure not to go overboard. A little self-control will go a long way in helping you stay on track.
4. Stay Active on the Weekends
Just because it’s the weekend doesn’t mean you have to stay inside. Get out and enjoy the weather. Go for a walk or hike, bike ride, or hit the gym. Exercise is a great way to counteract any unhealthy eating you may do over the weekend.
Instead of lounging around all day, get up and get active! Go for a walk, hike, or bike ride and enjoy the fresh air. If it’s cold out try moving your body with gentle yoga.
Or if you don’t usually have time for longer workouts during the week take time during the weekend to exercise longer. Maybe go for a long jog or walk. Also, you could do extra reps during your strength training workouts.
5. Don’t Drink too much Alcohol
It’s the weekend and you should unwind with a drink or two if you want to. But watch how much you drink. Drinking too much alcohol can easily derail your healthy progress.
Limit your drinks. It’s easy to overindulge in alcohol on the weekend and let loose. But drinking too much can quickly undo all of your progress. If your planning a girl’s night out commit to only having one or two drinks.
6. Stick to Your Routine as Much as Possible
If you can stick to your usual routine as much as possible it will be easier to avoid any setbacks.
One way to do this is to stick to the habits you have on the weekdays. Eat balanced meals and snacks, and try to get in some exercise. If you can stick to your weekday routine it will be easier to stay on track over the weekend.
7. Give Yourself Some Flexibility to Stay on Track
Allow for occasional indulgences. If you’re at a barbeque have that burger. Or if you’re out with friends don’t feel guilty for having a drink with them. The weekends are only a small part of your overall journey to health and wellness.
Allow yourself some flexibility and don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip up once in a while. You can always start following your routine again the next day.
8. Stay Positive and Motivated During the Weekend
The key to staying on track is to keep your motivation high. Remember why you’re making these healthy changes in the first place. Write down your goals and refer to them when you need some inspiration.
When you’re feeling pressured when going out with friends to indulge. Staying positive and motivated about your goals can give you the discipline you need to turn down the appetizers or drinks.
9. Get Plenty of Sleep to Stay on Track
Make sure you’re still getting enough sleep on the weekend. It may be tempting to stay up late to binge-watch a new show on Netflix. But you should try to stick to your normal sleep routine. Getting
Enough rest will help you feel refreshed and ready to tackle your goals for the week ahead.
10. Take Some Time for Yourself and Have Fun
The weekend is a great time to relax and recharge. Make sure you take some time for yourself. Do something you enjoy, like reading a book or taking a yoga class.
Doing things you enjoy can help reduce stress and help you stay on track with your healthy habits.
Conclusion: Stay on Track over the Weekend
The weekends can be tough when you’re trying to maintain your healthy habits. You may be tempted to indulge in unhealthy foods. But with a little planning, you can stick to your routine and not lose all of the progress you’ve made during the week.
Taking the time to plan ahead take makes a huge difference in your motivation to stay committed to your health goals over the weekend. Prepping healthy food, knowing your why, and a little self-care can keep you on track.
How do you stay on track during the weekend? Let me know in the comments:)