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How to Prepare for a Long Weekend

Memorial Day is right around the corner. This means an extended weekend! The good news is you get to spend time with family and friends. However, other activities that come along with the extended weekend may include eating foods we might not typically eat, staying up later than normal, or not staying as active as usual. The good news is, you don’t have to get off track this weekend. Here are four ways you can have a healthy, long weekend.

  • Exercise
  • Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
  • Bring Healthy Food
  • Don’t be so hard on yourself


Have a Healthy Long Weekend

  1. Exercise. When you don’t feel like working out is exactly when you need to work out. Yes, we understand that exercise might not be at the top of the priority list the morning of a big cookout, but make time. No, you don’t need to exercise until you have no energy to do anything, but simply go out for a 30-minute walk. Another way to stay active? Play yard games! Play bocce ball, badminton, or corn hole. Remember: No matter which activity you choose, you are lapping everyone on the couch. Your brain and body will thank you.
  2. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate. Drinking water is incredibly beneficial for your brain health, incredibly easy to do, and incredibly free! Over 70% of the body is composed of water, and every function in the body is dependent on water, including the brain and nervous system. When you first wake up, make it a point to drink an eight-ounce glass of water. Drink a big glass of water with every meal. Carry a large, reusable bottle and “challenge” yourself to drink the whole thing before lunchtime. Then drink another bottle after dinner. When you drink the recommended amount of water this weekend, you’ll be amazed at how great you’ll feel!
  3. Bring Healthy Food. Are you having a potluck style get-together? Bring along a healthy side dish or meal! Bring a big veggie tray, or make a giant fruit salad. Feeling like grilling? Bring some lean protein, such as chicken or turkey burgers. Eating lean protein will keep you satisfied longer. Try to avoid the mayonnaise-based potato salads and pasta salads. With these tips, you’ll be sure to have a healthy, and delicious cook-out!
  4. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Remember, if you have a hard time staying on track, it’s not something to dwell on! Memorial Day only comes once a year. If you indulge a little too much than you were planning for this weekend, get right back on track the day after. Stressing about the indulgences you took part in won’t do you any good. Start the new day with our tips above: Drink a big glass of water, go on a walk, and eat your veggies and fruits.

Remember, it is possible to stay healthy this upcoming weekend! With these tips above, you will be ready to take on Memorial Day. Most importantly, make this weekend memorable. Enjoy your time with friends and family, eat good food, and stay safe! Happy Memorial Day!