Change your weekend habits and lose weight with these 5 tips

02 December, 2019

Most of the time we’re motivated to work out during the week and stick to our diet. But what happens if you break that routine?

The weekend and holidays tend to be when that “disaster” happens that we’d never consider during the week. Unfortunately, two days of play can undo five days of exercise. It can ruin all the good work that you’ve done during the week.

You might ask yourself then: “What can I do? I never have fun during the week. Do I also have to give it up on the weekends?” Well, today we’ll share with you some tips on weekend habits that will help you to lose weight.

We tend to think that a weekend of leisure after such a long, tiring week of work won’t hurt. And it’s true: it’s not a bad thing at all. However, if you want to lose weight, your choices matter. The following tips will help.

5 ways to adjust your weekend habits to lose weight

1. Dance

A dance class of women.

Dancing is an excellent weight-loss activity. If you’ve danced before for a long time then you know how exhausted it can make you. Well, when we talk about dancing, we’re not talking about partying and drinking.

If your objective is to lose weight, then alcohol and junk food are not going to help. If you want a cold drink when dancing or at a party, we recommend water or juice. Dancing is good for your whole self — physically, mentally, and emotionally.

All that constant movement doesn’t just help burn a lot of calories but also:

  • Improves cardiac health
  • Activates your metabolism
  • Strengthens your bones and joints
  • Improves your flexibility

Plus, you usually dance with people, so you can also work on your social skills and relationships at the same time. And those things are important to keep depression and anxiety away.

2. Family Outings

Going out with your family or friends to do physical activities together is a great way to lose weight on the weekend. Planning walks and excursions with others will encourage you to go out and actually do them. You’ll burn calories and get your body moving.

You could say that it’s a bit like going to the gym on the weekend: you’ll be doing cardiovascular exercise, which is obviously good for your heart and burns calories.

If you exercise a lot during the week, or your job involves a lot of physical effort, your weekend activity will be a good continuation of it. As a bonus, group activities are always a great way to socialize.

3. Go Shopping

A woman with shopping bags in the mall.

As crazy as it seems, going shopping can actually help you lose weight. Lots of walking and putting on and taking off clothes keeps your metabolism active, burns calories, and works your muscles.

It’s quite similar to going jogging or dancing. In fact, it’s most like dancing, since it’s good for your social skills as well. Shopping and knowing you’re losing weight while shopping will also be great for your mood.

Obviously, it doesn’t have the same effect as high intensity exercise, but it will give results. All of us have felt tired after going shopping, and it’s no coincidence.

4. Healthy Recipes

We can’t go out every weekend, whether for health reasons or the weather. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t do something to lose weight. Research foods that are good for your health and then spend time trying out new recipes. It will keep you occupied all weekend and also be useful for the upcoming week too!

You can swap out refined flours for whole grain flours, and choose healthier alternatives to sugar like stevia or honey. You could also try to drink vegetable milks instead of dairy. Don’t forget that dairy products contain a lot of fat and sugar, which are harmful and not something you want if you want to lose weight.

5. Have Fun with your Significant Other

A couple shopping on the weekend.

Including your family or your significant other in your weekend activities will substantially improve your motivation and chances of losing weight. You can involve your partner in all the activities we mentioned above. Dance with them, take them shopping, cook together, and go on outings. Have fun and lose weight all at once!

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