It’s always an important time to prioritise your wellbeing, but when a long weekend rolls around it can be tempting to let our good habits take a break too.
Whatever your vice is; whether it’s time spent on the couch, or a few too many drinks with your mates, you needn’t sacrifice your health to have a great time.
Here are a few tips and tricks to keep your wellbeing in check over your next holiday break.
BE AWARE OF WHAT YOU’RE DRINKING
Holiday weekends are a great excuse to get social, and Australians are no strangers to heading to the pub to catch up over a few drinks. However, because alcohol is your fitness frenemy it’s important to know the calorific value of what you’re drinking and the effect it has on your mental and physical health.
Count your drinks by their energy value, and be sure to order something non-alcoholic (such as a soda water with lime) every now and then to stay hydrated. Otherwise you may need to work extra hard at your next gym sesh.
STAY ACTIVE – THE FUN WAY
It doesn’t matter if you’re planning on staying at home or heading away to spend your time off, playing games is an easy way to make sure you’re staying active. Take the legendary game of backyard cricket as an example. Not only is it a lot of fun but you’ll also increase your step count and give yourself a dose of Vitamin D (don’t forget your sunscreen!).
If the weather’s not on your side, you could also dust off those board games you’ve had at the bottom of your bookshelves for years. If you choose a game that involves a little physical activity, such as Charades or Twister, you’ll not only have a great time – you’ll get your heart pumping.
LIMIT YOUR SCREEN TIME
Holiday time with family and friends should be spent with them, not with your phone. Plenty of studies have demonstrated the negative effects of too much engagement with social media platforms, from anxiety and depression through to disrupted sleep patterns. Why not use the long weekend as an excuse to take a holiday from your screen and plug-in to better health?
If you’re an iPhone user, you can set a screen-time limit from within your device. Simply tap on the Settings app, and scroll down to Screen Time. Here, you’ll be able to see how much time you’ve been looking at your phone, and what are your ‘go to’ apps. Nominate a set amount of downtime and the apps you’re allowed to use – or the ones you want to avoid – during this time.
DON’T FORGET TO SCHEDULE TIME AT THE GYM
If you’re not heading away, a long weekend is the perfect time to lock-in some extra time at the gym. Why not book a spin class, or use the opportunity to stretch and unwind with a yin yoga class?
By booking in some time for yourself, you’re not only being accountable to your body, but you’re also being accountable for your health and wellbeing. And what could be more important than that?
A long weekend can be a good time to indulge in a little Netflix and chill, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to enjoy and make better health choices. Do you have any top tips for staying active over the holidays? Leave them in the comments section below.