Once 5 o’clock Friday rolls around, the last thing we want to worry about is trying to squeeze in one more workout. In fact, our mind usually goes to all the things we can do over the weekend that don’t center around meal planning or which route we’re going to take for our run. Why give-up on the progress you’ve made all week? Instead, incorporate some activities that do a body good.
Run a 5K: There’s nothing better than a little friendly competition. Challenge a group of friends or your family to run a local race. Stick with a simple 5k so no one feels like they’re not able to participate. Walking or running a cool 3.1 miles is a great pick-me-up on a Saturday morning. From Zombie Runs to Disney Races, there’s a 5k that fits everyone’s preferences!
Shop at the Farmer’s Market: Find a local Farmer’s Market to peruse for a few hours. Weaving in and out of the booths will keep you on your feet, helping to combat what might have been hours of sedentary at work all week. The fresh produce is a great way to include fruits and vegetables in your weekly meals and you’ll even support your community by grabbing a few staples.
Seasonal activities: Play up the strengths of the seasons during the weekend. In the summer hit the pool or water park. During fall, walk around a park collecting leaves to bring home and imprint into your kids’ drawing books. The long, cold months of winter don’t have to be kept inside either. Take your family to a ski resort and pack plenty of hot cocoa. Spring is the perfect time to get everyone back outside and in the active mood too. As the weather starts getting warmer check your local paper and see what your city is up to. Art exhibits are great to get you up and on your feet while being mentally stimulating at the same time. Get dad outside for a game of catch, and sign your kids up for sports teams.
Relax… away from the TV! The weekend can be relaxing and active at the same time. No need to sit on the couch flipping through the channels all weekend. Instead, find a quiet place in or outside the house to meditate or read a book.
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These simple activities are sure to do a body good. Get up and get moving!