Fitness FriYAY!

Wahoooo, we have made it to Friday! I don’t know what it is about these short work weeks (shoutout to MLK), but they always seem to drag on so much longer than any normal week. Whew!

Anyways, the real reason I’m here is to give you some “fit-spiration” to start your weekend off on the right foot! Call me crazy, but I don’t really feel the weekend set in until I have gotten in a good workout. I just love the strength and empowerment I feel after sweating away all of my stresses of the week!

But…I do realize that lying on the couch for a nap, or heading to happy hour, might also sound enticing. And, for that reason, I am going to leave you with 3 simple ideas you can add to whichever weekend-welcoming activity you choose. These ideas will help to keep your weekend balanced and set a healthy tone for the week ahead!

1. Meal Plan (for those of you who get the grocery shopping out of the way early Saturday morning…this one’s for you, Mom)

Think about your schedule for the upcoming week, and decide which meals you are going to cook, what they are going to be, and what you will need to purchase at the grocery store. Make your list, and stick to it!

This is a total game-changer for me. I only buy the things I need, and I end up spending less money, too. Winner, winner! Not to mention, you won’t have to run to the grocery store last minute or worry about what to fix for dinner throughout the week. And, I’ll bet you’ll make healthier choices about what you’re going to eat if you think about it ahead of time. 🙂

Here is a PDF of the meal plan template I use. As for the grocery list, I keep that in the “Notes” app on my phone and check off the items as I go through the store.

2. Goal-Set

Set a goal to spend at least 30 minutes to an hour doing some form of exercise over the weekend, and set aside the time to make it happen! By thinking about this ahead of time, you’re more likely to actually follow through. Walk, jog, run, bike, swim, go to an exercise class, or grab a set of dumbbells and try this total body weight training circuit…whatever you choose, make the time, and make it happen!

If you’re not sure which exercise option is going to be your fave, just pick one and give it a shot! If you like it, do it again next time…if it’s not for you, ditch it and choose another one! I absolutely believe in finding enjoyment in fitness. Take the time to find what works!

3. Get Ready!

Once you’ve decided when and how you are going to get out there and exercise, get everything together that you’re going to need for when it’s time to go. For me, this means choosing my leggings, tank top, and tennis shoes, and putting them in a bag along with a water bottle and pre-workout supplement. I can promise you it’s a whole lot more difficult to back out if you’ve already taken the time to get your gear together. This is a definite mental-motivator for me, as well!

*Bonus tip: If you’re needing a little extra motivation, search “fitness motivation” on Pinterest. You will be out the door in no time! 

Lastly, keep reminding yourself why you’re choosing healthy. Write it down and refer back to it when you’re feeling discouraged or totally unmotivated. I’m sure there won’t be a reason on your list that any of these ideas couldn’t help you achieve!

XO, Kristen

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