5 Ways to Have a Healthier Weekend

Do you workout during the week but find yourself in front of the TV on the weekend? Find ways to get up! Daily Record/Sunday News - FILE

Do you workout during the week but find yourself in front of the TV on the weekend? Find ways to get up! Daily Record/Sunday News – FILE

We’ve all been there: You fill your weekdays with fresh veggies and exercise sessions, only to spend your weekend eating fried food while sitting on the couch watching episode after episode of The Walking Dead.

Sticking to healthy habits seems a lot more difficult on Saturday and Sunday, doesn’t it?

Not surprisingly, new research shows that people tend to think about their health more at the beginning of the week than at the end. The study, which was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, analyzed weekly patterns in health-related Google searches.

Researchers found that searches for health topics were 30 percent more frequent at the beginning of the week.   The day with the lowest number of health-related Google inquiries? Saturday.

Indulge in a weekend meal, but one is enough. Don't gorge yourself on fatty foods until Monday. Daily Record/Sunday News - File

Indulge in a weekend meal, but one is enough. Don’t gorge yourself on fatty foods until Monday. Daily Record/Sunday News – File

Do your healthy habits tend to fall by the wayside as soon as Friday night rolls around? If so, here are a few quick tips for making your weekends as healthy as your weekdays.

5 Tips for Staying Healthy on the Weekends

1.     Extend your weekend workout.

If you rush to squeeze in your sweat sessions during a busy workweek, the weekends are a perfect opportunity to enjoy a longer workout. Add fifteen minutes of strength training to your regular thirty minutes of cardio, or take that hour-long spinning class you usually don’t have time for.

2.     Maintain your water consumption.

It’s one thing to guzzle water Monday through Friday while sitting at your desk at work; it’s another thing to consume those eight glasses a day while running errands and hanging out with friends and family on the weekend.

Make a point of carting along your water bottle wherever you go on Saturdays and Sundays. Check out these other tips for drinking more water every day.

3.     Keep indulgences in check.

Aim for one or two glasses of wine on Friday night instead of three or four. And if you go out for burgers and fries on Saturday, choose something lighter to eat on Sunday.

4.     Prep for the week ahead.

Use the extra time you have on the weekends to set yourself up for success during the upcoming week. That might mean mapping out your running or biking routes ahead of time, or it could mean chopping up carrots and cucumbers for healthy weekday snacks. Here are more tips for adding vegetables to your diet.

5.     Try something new.

If you find yourself getting into a healthy living rut, the weekend is the perfect time to branch out and try something different. Take an exercise class you’ve never tried before, or cook that healthy recipe you haven’t gotten around to making yet.

Do you struggle to maintain your healthy habits on the weekends?

About Katie Markey McLaughlin

Katie Markey McLaughlin, M.S., is a freelance journalist and blogger who’s passionate about all things healthy living. Learn more about her writing at KatieMcLcom.
This entry was posted in Fitness, Nutrition and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to 5 Ways to Have a Healthier Weekend

  1. I like the idea of one fatty weekend meal, to be honest. Weekdays don’t usually allow for that.
    I think I’m more active on weekends because we love to go to the dog park as a family, but there are definitely much more junk food indulgences.

  2. Chris Carter says:

    Those are really great tips- I agree, the week’s structure keeps it easier to maintain better habits and then it can be a free for all on the weekends!

    Been there!

    I love the idea of doing something different- I need a refreshing change. :)

  3. Great tips! I had been doing pretty well for a couple weeks, but I just made a good dent in some lingering Easter candy so this weekend isn’t going so well now. Back on the bandwagon!

  4. Tarana says:

    I do end up eating unhealthily on the weekends, but I make an effort to cook at home before heading out.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>