How to Stay Healthy on Memorial Day Weekend

Healthy Memorial Day Weekend

This Memorial Day weekend, Americans across the country are honoring the brave men and women who have died serving in our country’s armed forces. While we remember those who have fallen on this special holiday, it’s also a time when many families and friends come together for a weekend filled with summer sun and celebration.

No matter how you choose to honor this special holiday, there are a few key things to remember for a happy and healthy weekend. Be it some time spent indoors, a summer cookout or a trip to the beach, keep these tips in mind during your holiday festivities:

Tips for Keeping Healthy this Memorial Day Weekend

  • Celebrate in an Active Way – Rather than making food the main feature of your weekend, take advantage of the sunshine by getting outdoors! Activities such as fishing, swimming, hiking, horse shoe, corn hole and recreational sports are a great way to honor the holiday.
  • Grill Out – Fire up the grill this weekend and load it up with lean proteins, vegetables and even fruits! If you’re looking for additional ways to cut calories, be cautious of any extra sauces or condiments.
  • Focus on Togetherness – Memorial Day was created for us to spend time with loved ones and remember our fallen troops. Focusing on the meaning of the holiday may help to eliminate any unwanted food or activity distractions.
  • Limit Your Alcohol Intake – Alcohol not only increases your calorie consumption, but affects your decision making and safety if you’ve had too much.
  • Bring Along Healthy Foods – Meeting up with others where food is involved? Bring a healthy appetizer, snack or entree for others to share.
  • Practice Safety – Road caution, bug spray, hydration and appropriate outdoor wear — these are all simple yet overlooked necessities!

By keeping these simple tips in mind, you should be able to have a great holiday weekend AND make the best choices for your weight and health!

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