During the week, there’s often not enough time to exercise, thus you can decide to train on the weekend. Here are 8 tips for becoming a weekend warrior.
1. Commit to exercise every weekend.
Get yourself in the habit of exercising on both Friday and Saturday. This will help balance out any faux pas you might make on the weekend and will also make you feel more empowered to make smarter decisions around meals and alcohol.
2. Establish goals around alcohol.
You may struggle to get results because you often drink too much alcohol every weekend. And as we all know when they you a heavy drinking weekend your consumption of junk food increases considerably. Therefore, it’s important for you to be aware of the energy value of alcohol and its impact on fat loss. You should also aim to have no more than two standard drinks over the weekend. Challenge yourself to do a 20-minute interval sprint session to counter-act it for every drink you go over the established limit.
3. Sunday food preparation
Who has time during the week to spend hours over a stove? Planning and preparation is the secret to success in a busy life. Try to spend an hour or two on a weekend pre-preparing all your vegetables, salads and proteins for the coming week so that you can prepare a family meal in under 20 minutes.
4. Teach yourself how to eat out with ease.
You may often find yourself to make excuses around your results because you have busy social lives and can’t really control your food in those scenarios. And let’s face it telling yourself you have to stay at home isn’t realistic and nor should it be. It’s important to educate yourself how to make menu modifications. You should always seek out the very best option on offer and if there isn’t a healthy option, eat only a small plate of food and eat properly when you get home.
It’s easy. Just order salad or steamed greens instead of chips. If you’re ordering for brunch, decide for poached eggs and ask them to do it on a slice of wholegrain bread and to add avocado and spinach leaves. There’s very little chance you’ll get turned down when requesting simple menu modifications. This is really not a big deal, just try to make healthier choices.
5. Feed your inspiration.
Make a habit of spending 15 minutes a day reading a health or motivational book that will keep you inspired in your journey. It’s also a great idea to keep a fitness and health journal either written or as an app.
6. Following like-minded on social media.
It’s also a good idea to follow people on Facebook or Instagram that are aligned with your new fitness and health goals so that you can learn and be inspired by their way of living. We’re not suggesting that you should follow Beyoncé’s booty. There are some awesome people out there who can give you useful ideas on how to eat smarter, exercise more effectively and live better. You can also create your own Instagram account for your journey and you may soon have people following your decisions.
7. Be active on Sundays as well.
On Sundays, get your family involved in your new healthier lifestyle by challenging them to something like a game of basketball or touch footy with your children. There are too many families wasting their Sundays in shopping centres buying things they don’t need and adding to their credit card bill. Instead decide to bond with your family through healthy, fun activity.
8. Ditch excuses and justifications.
Show tough love to yourself and ditch the excuses. Love yourself, challenge your behaviour and inspire yourself to change. The weekend is often the time when everyone’s excuses and justifications come out in full force and are so believable and elaborate that we almost have ourselves fooled. But keep in mind that the excuses are the very reason you’re not getting the results you want.