For me, and my UK readers, this is a bank holiday weekend – a whole three days off work! The mood in the office was distinctly cheery this afternoon, and even the boss took off early.
A long weekend makes it easy to catch up with friends and family and enjoy a late brunch, meals out, cinema trips, a lazy afternoon in the pub … but these can quickly add up to dieting disaster.
So here’s five easy ways to boost your health and weight-loss this weekend:
- Get out in the fresh air
Whether it’s an early morning jog to give you a great start to the weekend, or a long walk in the countryside with your partner, fresh air and exercise is the perfect combination to guarantee a smile. Drive away any lingering winter blues, and let spring in!
- Crack on with neglected chores
Have you been meaning to clean out the attic, wash all the windows or give the kitchen and bathroom a really good scrub? Set aside a couple of hours over the weekend for a cleaning blitz – get the whole household involved, and make a game or competition of it if you can… You’ll burn calories, and have the satisfaction of a cleaner, less cluttered house.
- Stock the cupboards and fridge
If ready-meals have become the weeknight usual rather than occasional treat or emergency standby, replenish your stores this weekend. Sit down and make a shopping list for the (healthy, no doubt!) meals you’ll be eating next week, and next Tuesday – Friday will be all the smoother for it.
- Cook a special meal
One of the nicest things about the long weekend is being able to relax and enjoy cooking, rather than seeing it as yet another chore to cram into a busy day. Enlist some help with veggie-chopping, take your time, then have a leisurely, fun family meal together. And make sure someone else does the washing up!
- Catch up on your reading
There’s always something new to learn about health, nutrition and exercise. If you’re a new reader, why not spend some time browsing The Office Diet – you can find a list of all the posts on the Archives page, or just use the handy search box on the top right to find whatever interests you most.If you’re in need of a bit of a kick start (especially if you’ve lost motivation, or feel that you never had it in the first place), try these in-depth articles:
Have a great weekend – we’ll be back on Tuesday, with a Week 3 and Week 4 update from Anna…
(Image above by bob gamble)