If you’re like most people these days, you probably have plans to spend the upcoming long weekend somewhere other than your local gym. And while it’s always nice to get out of the city, you don’t want that as an excuse not to work out. Fortunately, it’s not all bad news if you want to stay fit during this time. In fact, there are many ways you can still maintain a healthy and active lifestyle even if that doesn’t involve setting foot in a gym for a few days. From going for walks around your neighbourhood to trying new activities like canoeing or hiking, there are plenty of options available that won’t leave you feeling trapped indoors. Keeping your body active is important at any time of year, but especially during the summer when so many people tend to relax more often than not. Here are 5 tips to stay fit during the long weekend!
1. Plan in advance:
It’s easy to let things slip when you have a busy schedule, but staying fit doesn’t have to be an afterthought when you have other things on your plate. In fact, it’s more important than ever to plan in advance so you don’t miss out on these important activities during your busy times. Of course, you also want to plan to stay healthy no matter where you’re going. If you’re travelling, make sure that you bring healthy snacks with you so you don’t have to rely on unhealthy options. If you’re heading to a lake or the beach, you may be able to find a nearby park where you can still get in a workout. If you’re planning on attending a barbecue or going camping, bring along items like jump ropes, toners or a Frisbee so you can still be active without having to travel too far.
2. Plan healthy meals in advance:
Eating well is one of the most important parts of staying fit, and it’s something that many people struggle with during the summer. When the weather is warm, it’s easy to want to eat out more and order takeout, but that’s not the best way to keep yourself healthy. If you plan your meals in advance, you can make sure that eating well is a priority even when you’re busy. This will help ensure that you don’t fall back on unhealthy options when you’re on vacation. Doing this will also prevent you from feeling deprived if you’re trying to eat a certain way for health reasons. You can either plan to pack healthy foods or find places where you can eat healthily while on vacation. If you’ll be camping or staying at a hotel, you’ll probably have to rely on convenience foods more often than not. However, if you’re at a friend or family member’s home, you may be able to find healthy alternatives. Eating well while on vacation is essential not only for your health but also for your mood. During stressful times such as long weekends, eating well is one of the best ways to keep your anxiety levels down.
3. Go for a walk:
When you’re not able to get to the gym or find the time to go for a run, it can be tempting to just skip your workout completely. But walking is a great way to maintain your fitness. You can go for a walk almost anywhere, and it’s a great way to explore your area without getting trapped indoors. This is a great way to get outside, get moving, and get your mind off things for a bit. It’s also a great way to explore your surroundings in a way you might not normally get to do. Whether you’re staying at a hotel or with friends or family, you’ll likely have access to outdoors either through a nearby park or perhaps a hiking trail nearby. If you’re at a hotel, you can also try exploring the grounds or walking around the neighbourhood. Even if you’re staying in one place for the weekend, you can always find a nearby walking trail to explore.
4. Try a new activity you’ve always wanted to try:
It’s important to find new and exciting ways to be physically active. This is especially true during the summer when you may not always be able to get to your usual place, or if you just want to try something new and different. Finding fun new ways to be active can also help you make new friends and create an awesome summer memory. Whether that’s stand-up paddle boarding or canoeing or something else entirely, making time to try something new is a great way to keep yourself busy while also staying fit. If you have younger family members or friends with you, you can also try finding nearby activities that are suitable for children too.
5. Don’t forget to refuel:
Finally, don’t forget to refuel. Whether that means eating more fruit or veggies or whatever you usually eat for fuel on a daily basis, it’s important to keep up your energy levels no matter where you are. This is especially important if you’re doing lots of physical activity and are burning more calories than normal. Eating healthy snacks in between meals is a great way to keep your levels up without going overboard. Make sure to hydrate well before, during, and after your workout so you don’t get dehydrated. One thing you can do to refuel is make a smoothie after your workout or activity. This is a great way to get nutrients into your body quickly and easily and you can make kid friendly versions to get them involved.
Finally, remember that it’s not all bad news if you want to stay fit during this time. In fact, there are many ways you can still maintain a healthy and active lifestyle even if that doesn’t involve setting foot in a gym for a few days. From going for walks around your neighbourhood to trying new activities like canoeing or hiking, there are plenty of options available that won’t leave you feeling trapped indoors. Keeping your body active is important at any time of year, but especially during the summer when many people tend to relax more often than not. By following these tips, you can stay fit during this long weekend and throughout the rest of the year too!
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