You’ve counted down the days, hours, minutes and seconds — the weekend is finally here! We always rejoice at the prospect of exciting experiences, relaxing self-care routines and much needed rest. But with only 48 hours, it can be tough to squeeze everything in! That’s why the VIM & VIGR team rounded up six awesome activities to maximize your health and weekend fun:
Set aside your morning for you. Mornings are sacred. They set the tone and mood for the rest of your day. Let’s be real, our weekdays are too jam-packed for us to really focus on ourselves. We all have schedules to meet, to-do lists to cross off and a slew of daily activities to prepare for. Take your weekend mornings to check in on you. Start the day by taking a little longer to get out of bed and thoughtfully review your physical, mental and emotional well-being. Your body and mind will thank you.
Get physical by trying something new! Ditch your regular workout routine and dive into a completely new experience. Take on a new hiking trail, challenge your balance with stand-up paddleboarding, reach new heights with rock climbing — the possibilities are endless. By exploring different workouts, you’ll not only have something exciting to look forward to, but you’ll also challenge new muscle groups. And don’t forget to slip on compression socks to stay energized for the rest of the weekend!
Take a local adventure around your city. Most of us dream of reaching new destinations, but there’s an exciting staycation right in front of you! Take a day trip to a new neighborhood or a buzz-worthy city that’s an hour or two away. It’s the perfect opportunity to walk around and explore seasonal happenings, new businesses and eateries, or local pastimes you’ve never tried before. Sometimes, we forget how dynamic our local scene really is. You could find a new coffee spot, an adorable boutique or a quirky local event — you never know!
Hit pause for a short nap. Naps are critical for staying energized, alert and stress-free. Even though it’s tempting to jam-pack your day with back-to-back activities, a short nap makes a huge impact on your health. According to Reader’s Digest, sleep improves your heart health, helps regulate your metabolism, refines your physical performance and boosts your immune system. As you can see, the pros definitely outweigh the cons. Set aside time for a short rest and then jump back into the groove. You’ll feel refreshed and be doing wonders for your health.
Treat yourself to a homemade spa day. After a day filled with tons of activities, it’s important to give your mind and body the self-care it needs. Your homemade spa day can be as simple as trying a new face mask, drawing a relaxing bath or diffusing essential oils — it’s up to you! You can also use this time to pick up on any hobbies you couldn’t get to throughout the week. Listen to your favorite podcast or delve into a new book — serving your mind is just as important as serving your body.
Conquer those Sunday blues. Once Sunday hits, our thoughts tend to hone in on our fleeting weekend. Don’t let those Sunday blues get you down! Take this time to socialize with others to boost your mood. Schedule something to do early in the evening, so you’ll have something to look forward to. Go out to dinner with your extended family, take a new cooking class with your friend or schedule a date with your significant other. Your early-evening activity will encourage you to focus on some fun and get lots of sleep afterwards, so you’ll be energized for the rest of your week!
What are some of your favorite weekend activities? Let us know in a comment below!