During the week, most people have some semblance of a routine and so it's easier to focus on and develop the healthy habits you need to live your most abundant life, but on the weekend, things get crazy.
Social events, travel, and the tendency to hit the hay much later than normal all threaten to derail your progress towards creating healthy habits, and unfortunately, the laws of health don't take the weekend off.
Today's article covers 4 tips to stay consistent on the weekend.
1. Focus on protein
The weekend usually come with the temptation to eat a lot of junk food and alcohol. Indulging a bit is no big deal but binging is a problem and can derail your progress, especially if you're trying to lose weight or put on muscle. That's why it's important to focus on consuming plenty of protein. It will help you feel full so you avoid binging on junk and it will help you build lean muscle. Shooting for .75 - 1 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight should have you covered.
2. Go to bed at the same time
Did you know that one of the best things you can do for your health is to focus on sleep and the most effective thing you can do to get a good night's sleep is to go to bed at more or less the same time each night? Some people even set a "go to bed" alarm instead of a wake-up alarm and find that they wake up at the same time each day. We get it, late nights are inevitable and there are some experiences that are well worth staying up for. Here's a helpful tip. Ask yourself whether you'll regret not staying up to do the thing you're considering doing. You'll realize pretty quickly that there's an obvious answer. Staying up late to watch shooting stars atop a mountain with people you love is going to be much more meaningful than staying up late watching garbage television by yourself. Go to bed at the same time if you determine the activity isn't worth screwing up your sleep habits.
3. Prioritize active experiences
A lot of people use the weekend as an excuse to get intoxicated, eat junk food, or just loaf around. Nothing wrong with that every once in a while but it won't serve you to make a habit of it. Instead, focus on creating experiences. Go backpacking, take a surf lesson, or do a road trip to a national park to connect with nature and rock climb. By prioritizing active experiences you'll improve your health and make memories you'll never forget.
4. Don't be too rigid
In our experience being too rigid about routines and habits can backfire. The point of developing healthy habits is to have freedom and live a more abundant life and that includes saying yes to adventure, sometimes an unexpected one.
Our slogan, Chase the Swell, is about being ready to chase adventure and opportunity. Life is short and it's important to live it abundantly. There are a lot of amazing experiences to be had in wild places with the people we love, and we don't want anyone to be sidelined by poor health and miss out.
At HydroSwell, we like to say our products are "Built for the Chase" because they were created to support you in your journey to build those daily healthy habits AND support you while you're out chasing that next unforgettable experience.