For most normal people out there, the weekend is a time to recuperate and recover from the chaos of the workweek. But for those of us crazy dieters (and when I say crazy, I mean it in the most endearing way possible, and when I say diet, I hope that you’re on the Jumpstart Diet with me!), the weekend is actually a time to catch up on the exercise that you may have missed out on thanks to the chaos of the workweek.
Much like my fellow blogger Nikki, this week was a total work out disaster for me. Meaning I didn’t work out…at all. Okay, so I did run 7 miles on Monday, but not so much on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.
Actually, I didn’t do anything exercise-worthy on any of those days, and I’m pretty ashamed of it. But I can’t beat myself up over it, because this week is in the past.
What I can do, and what I did do, was take this weekend as an opportunity to catch up on my work out routine and get myself back into the groove of working out.
I woke up bright and early at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning to run a 6k with my roommate, Emily. She had never run a race before and she was super nervous about it, so I decided to join her for moral support and to keep her motivated.
The race was for Habitat for Humanity, and it was actually my first 6k too, which is approximately 3.7 miles. It was exciting for me to see how a race on this level would go, considering I’d only run my half marathon three weeks ago.
But the race went amazingly well!
Emily is a beginning runner, so we took the course nice and slow and we finished in less than 50 minutes, which was what I was aiming for. She was really worried that she would have to stop and walk during the run, but I am SO incredibly proud to say that she ran the whole way, and I’m so happy that I could be there to support her in her first race.
However, that wasn’t the only exercise I got on Saturday. I also ran an additional 4 miles and did a fitness video later in the day. I may have gone a little crazy, but I had a lot of catching up to do after this past week!
Sunday was no different. I did another fitness video, and then I participated in a kickball tournament, in which I was running all over the place for 4 hours. It was organized chaos at its finest, and it was the best kind of fun.
Getting back into the groove of working out this weekend showed to me just how important exercising on the weekends can be. You don’t have to go crazy like I did and run 7.7 miles in one day, but you shouldn’t spend your whole weekend inside lounging on the couch, because it’s only going to make working out on Monday harder to do.
Instead, take some time for yourself to relax by sleeping in or enjoying a movie night. But, resolve to spend your afternoons doing something fun AND physical. There are so many easy ways to get yourself in motion by spice up your weekend activities with a little fitness. Here are just a few ideas:
With all of these ideas, there’s no reason to spend your weekend inside being lazy. And there’s no reason to fret over going to the gym when you can hang out with your friends, have fun and STILL work out! So my challenge to you is to try out one of these ideas next weekend.
Make some plans. Follow-through. And get your body moving.
Come Monday, you’ll feel great about yourself and your body, and you’ll be even more inclined to continue exercising throughout the week!
Do you have any fun ways that you incorporate exercise into your weekend plans? Share them with me! Leave me a comment below or tweet me here. Also, why not jump on board and join me on the Jumpstart Diet? It’s never too late to jumpstart your diet and your life!