The weekend is the perfect time to wind down after a busy week of work, school and all those other chores. You may be so tempted to lie down on the couch and do nothing the whole day.

But you should not slack too much on your exercise and diet goals. Otherwise you will see all your hard work during the week go down the drain.

While you would not need to spend hours in the gym, there are ways to stay active while having fun or doing other activities with your family. The goal is to exercise and diet so that you can avoid undoing your diet during the weekend.

Here are some of the fun activities that will surely keep you healthy and fit.

1. Do Not Sleep In

One of the most tempting things to do on Saturday and Sunday morning is to stay in bed until noon. However, this is really not recommended because it will wreak havoc on your internal clock.

Worse, it will make it harder for you to sleep on Sunday night and leave you sleepy on Monday morning. Keeping your usual wake-up is much better; plus, you get to be more active as opposed to just lying in bed.

2. Go Outdoors

When the weather is fine, take the opportunity and spend it outdoors with your friends or family. Go for a walk or hike, have a picnic, a barbeque or simply hang out at the lake. You can also take the time to work on your garden, which is a great activity to burn some calories.

Spending time close to nature is also perfect for relaxation and winding down from a whole week spent in your office cubicle. The fresh air and some sunshine are just what you need.

3. Go Shopping

For many, the weekend is the only time they can devote to shopping or doing the groceries. Strolling in the stores is actually a fun way to stay active while having fun or buying necessities.

The best part is, whatever the weather is, you can shop and you will definitely not notice how many steps you are accumulating while looking for a perfect new outfit.

4. Meditate Or Do Yoga

Meditating or doing yoga will help you clear your mind off of work and all the stress during the week. You will feel much better and your body will also benefit a lot from lessening the stress hormones in your body.

Moreover, it will make you feel happier and healthier. Meditation and yoga are shown to also be good for cardiovascular health and the immune system.

5. Dance

If you love to dance then go out and bust a move! Not only is it a great physical exercise, but it is also good for reducing stress. This is also a fun activity to do while socializing, so you can also boost your self-confidence and social skills.

6. Clean The House

For some, organizing and cleaning the house is a good way to feel better and clear the mind. Moreover, you will burn quite a few calories in the process and reduce allergies. A clean home makes you feel refreshed and happy to have one more chore ticked off the list.

7. Join Sports 

Families with kids will find engaging in sports the perfect way to stay active and have fun together. Playing as a family will allow them to spend time with you, away from TVs and cell phones. It will boost kids’ self-confidence at the same time as exercise their bodies. They will also learn teamwork in the process.

8. Socialise

Many people forget to spend the time to take care of their emotional health. Because friends and family are so busy during the week, you should take the time to reconnect with them during the weekend.

Lack of interaction can make you sad so make sure you also meet people in order to keep yourself healthy in mind, body, and soul.

For lots of people, the weekend can go by in a flash. However, those two days should always be spent enjoying life and not just by being a couch potato. This way, you can stay active and have more experiences that will make you happier and healthier in the long run.