How to Maintain Healthy Habits On the Weekend without Sacrificing Your Social Life
Jen Widertstrom explains why it's all about prepping yourself to make mindful choices.
Consulting Shape Fitness Director Jen Widerstrom is your get-fit motivator, a fitness pro, a life coach, and the author of Diet Right for Your Personality Type.
How do you navigate weekends, with all the social eating and unstructured time?
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Log a power five! Take just five quiet minutes on Saturday morning to mentally preview your weekend-the timing of your schedule, meals out, miscellaneous obligations-then slot in some conscious decision-making. Check out the menu before you go to a restaurant, so you can make mindful choices. If you'll be out and about for a while, throw a snack in your purse to tide you over till your next meal. (Related: How to ~Finally~ Kick Your Weekend Overeating Habit.) Also, arrange your errands in the most efficient order: Start with the one farthest from home, then hit all the stops on the way back. You'll make the most of your day-and maybe even open up time to invest in yourself. (Good News: Sleeping In On the Weekend Might Actually Make You Healthier)
As for getting your sweat on, I recommend signing up for a class in advance, as you would book any other must-do appointment. The dentist? Your nails? Put your workout in the same category. And although it sounds silly, I always spend one day of my weekend in workout gear. That way, I can jump into action if the opportunity arises to go on a hike or hit a class with a fellow "swole" sister. (Here are four ways to choose the best workout buddy for your fitness squad.)