Keep an activity log
Write down everything you do this weekend and then review it Sunday night. You’ll probably find you spend more time on duties like cleaning, working, and running errands than you realized. Figure out what you can cut down on to make more time for activities that are fun and fulfilling.
Avoid sleeping in
Snoozing until noon cuts into the time you thought you’d spend working out or making plans with loved ones. Plus, it throws off your body’s internal clock, meaning you won’t sleep as well during the week. Try sticking to the same schedule that you do during the week for more (refreshed, energetic) time. Here are smart tips on how to be a morning person.
Take a morning stroll
Taking a walk as soon as you wake up—even before coffee and brunch—gets your workout out of the way. You’ll come back feeling energized and empowered to tackle the rest of your day. Here's how you can lose weight walking.
Get up at least once an hour
Sitting hours on end five days a week is bad enough—when you start bringing work home for the weekend, health problems from staying sedentary get even worse. If you need to spend time hunkered in front of your computer, spend 10 minutes every hour doing equipment-free exercises like lunges, push-ups, or jumping jacks. It won’t cut into too much work time, but could add up to more than an hour's worth of exercise by the end of the day. Here are more ways to recover from a day of sitting.
Commit one day to fun
If you do need to do work or run errands, get all your tasks done in one day instead of spreading them throughout both Saturday and Sunday. Keep the other day free for a long hike, water park visit, or backyard game tournament.
Get more done during the week
Instead of saving chores for your free time during the weekends, tackle those tasks midweek. During the time you’d normally spend vegging out on the couch after work, take a little time to run to the grocery store or do some vacuuming. When Saturday rolls around, you’ll have the freedom to pack in more fun.
Get your work done early
Sometimes you can’t get around bringing work home for the weekend. If you do have to tackle a project, get up an hour early and buckle down. Set an alarm for two or three hours and spend that time focused on your task. When the alarm goes off, turn your computer off and spend the rest of your weekend to yourself.
Don’t just watch sports—get in on the action
For every hour you watch a sports game on TV, spend 30 minutes playing sports or exercising to keep from becoming a couch potato. As fun as it is to watch your favorite athlete score, you’ll feel even better if you’re the one hitting that home run or swishing a basketball through the net.
Tap into your inner child
Instead of sending your kids outside while you spend the day cleaning or reading, join in the fun. Play tag, shoot hoops, or climb a tree to get active while laughing and bonding with your children.
Every Thursday night, make a realistic list of how you’ll spend your weekend. Check the weather to decide if you’d rather go on a long bike ride or invite friends over for a wine night. Then mark down all the nonnegotiables, like dropping your kid off at a birthday party or attending a religious service. Then fill the rest of the time up with solid plans so you don’t resort to sitting in front of the TV or shopping online for clothes you don’t need.