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Three quick tips for staying healthy during a holiday weekend

[ 2 ] 05/28/2011 |

I, along with so many other folks, are heading out of town this weekend - woot woot!  What is it about staying somewhere other than home that erroneously tells me that “if I eat this and drink that, than it doesn’t really count”?  Of course it counts- doh.  So yeah, I will be gone for a few days and I am arming myself with a few tidbits to help me be successfully healthy during this time.  I am talking to myself just as much as I am gently reminding all of you : ).

1.  Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  Yep, go on and fill that Big Gulp cup you are holding with water guzzle that baby like there’s no tomorrow. At the minimum you should be chugging 64oz of water per day, even on a holiday weekend.  Personally, I drink 80-100oz every single day and I plan to keep it up this weekend.

2. Squeeze in some fitness, ANY fitness.  You don’t have to go all Jillian Michaels crazy with the exercising, but at the very least, DO SOMETHING. Take a walk, break out a 30 minute DVD, go for a bike ride, play freeze tag with your kids (this one really gets my heart pumping).  The important thing here is to get moving.  So get up and move!

3. Put down the seconds and thirds of any and all food portions at the family BBQ.  Yeah, I know it’s hard to say NO to your favorite foods when they make an appearance on the picnic table.  Take a little bit and then walk away…..and DON’T come back for more. 

Do you have any tips that help keep you in check during a busy, fun-food-family-filled weekend?  Please share!

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  • Anonymous

    Great tips, Lisa! Hope you have a great weekend!

  • Sarah Kopf

    It was that seconds & thirds rule that I needed to pay extra special attention to…. :) 

    Sarah @