This blog was written by Mechelle Meadows. Meet our blogging fitness specialists at the NIFS website.
As corporate health/fitness specialists, we see our clients giving it their all in the gym Monday through Friday. Then, something called the weekend happens.
Generally speaking, most people take a break from exercising in their corporate fitness center on the weekends. While it can be a good idea to devote two days to recovering from a week of hard workouts and busy work schedules, weekends also present several opportunities for unhealthy eating. Talk about a double whammy!
Keep Up Your Exercise Momentum
Remind your corporate wellness clients that while they should rightfully enjoy their weekends, they should also practice moderation, so that when Monday morning rolls around, they don’t feel like their fitness levels are back at square one. For those with weight-loss goals, in particular, the lack of exercise Saturday through Sunday combined with the increase of calories can do enough damage to negate all the calorie burning done Monday through Friday.
Watch Your Sodium Intake
Aside from the high-fat and high-sugar foods and beverages that are consumed on weekends, this article from the Men's Health blog points out that sodium is also the culprit of weekend weight gain. Pizza, nachos, candy, sodas, and other junk food or restaurant selections often include loads of sodium, causing bloating and water retention that reflects on the scale.
Tips for Staying Fit on the Weekends
Here are tips to keep the weekends guilt-free and the scale happy:
- Rather than indulge in everything, pick one to three of your favorite “splurge” foods to eat during the weekend (in reasonable portions), while keeping the rest of the diet in check.
- Use Saturday and Sunday for recreational activities with family members or friends, such as gardening, softball, or hiking.
- If you do plan on exercising on the weekend, do it first thing on Saturday morning before excuses or other plans ruin good intentions.