Summer is around the corner, and as lockdown restrictions are easing we are excited to get out and start socialising. As we look forward to having these occasions to let our hair down, with friends and family – a weekend of “too much fun” can take its toll on you, your health and your fitness goals.
Here are some “do’s” and “don’ts” after a particularly indulgent weekend:
The lazy day, lie in
Although it is tempting, do not stay in bed all day and succumb to the hangover, get yourself up and out. You don’t have to do anything strenuous like a HIIT workout – just a simple walk in the fresh air will aid in digestion, improve your mood and stimulate the mind.
The meal swerve
It might be tempting to skip meals to compensate for the overindulgence, but you will be setting yourself up for an unhealthy cycle. If you do not feel like eating something, then start your day with something light till your appetite returns. Most importantly, drink PLENTY of water – especially if you have consumed large amounts of alcohol and food, to help with digestion and dehydration.
Caving in to cravings
If you find yourself getting ravenous as the day goes on and your fingers are itching for something sweet, sugary and processed – resist! Instead, make yourself a meal that is high in protein and nutrients to avoid a spike in blood sugar levels. Foods that are high in protein also leave you feeling fuller for longer.
The defeatist mindset
Don’t dwell on your weekend indulgences, what is done is done. Instead, focus on getting back on track. The longer you dwell and leave it, the harder it will be to get back into your normal routine. Brush it off and focus on the new day and ticking off your weekly health and fitness goals one by one.
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