I get it, holiday weekends are toughies when it comes to staying on a healthy track — nutritionally and with regards to working out.
I am certainly not here to be the food police stating, “avoid the BBQ, beers and red, white and blue layer cake” … however … I am writing to help provide you with options that ultimately prevent a full-on star-spangled hangover.
With regards to junk food, I mean. Sorry, can’t help you in the alcohol department …
1. Schedule your weekend workout NOW
Booking with a boutique studio or alternate fitness facility that has a 24-hr cancellation policy will prevent you from skimping out on your workout come Sunday. Sure you may be tired and perhaps a bit — ahem — dehydrated, but sweating it out after a long weekend will prevent you from feeling like ultimate crap come Monday.
2. Bring goodies of your own
Chances are it’ll be a party hit — And shhhhhhhh … we don’t need to tell anyone they’re healthy.
3. Get creative with your cocktail
Last night I went over to my sister’s apartment for what we call a “Sister Date’.
Aside from the plethora of girl talk (Sorry to her BF Danny who had to drown us out by watching episodes of South Park), she made me a super easy and delicious sangria.
Polar Pomegranate Sangria + Red wine blend = Easy peasy (and 1/2 the calories) sangria.
This was obviously a great option for us, but if you’re not a fan of red, try mixing some Sav Blanc with their Champagne Strawberry flavor and add some chopped up fruit! Honestly, with these summer seltzer flavors, the possibilities are endless.
4. Get the games going
If you’re a New Englander like me the time is NOW to be outside. We are literally held hostage in our homes all winter long. So, during this long weekend full of patriotic goodness, get outdoors and PLAY!
Start a flag football game, get the bocce balls out — heck, play some ring toss! The point is, keep your body moving and avoid sitting on your tush while tossing back a few cold ones.
5. Hydrate & lather up
Even though you’re frolicking in the ocean or pool and feel nice a cool, doesn’t mean your body is properly hydrated. Remember: Once you become thirsty, you’re body is already dehydrated.
Be sure to guzzle some H20 this weekend and generously apply the SPF. While these two factors may not feel as satisfying as a 45-minute sweat sesh, your body will certainly thank you later on.
Have a happy and safe 4th!!