Article Posted by: Sherri Sacconaghi, July 8th, 2013
If you have some free time this weekend and are looking for something easy to do that does not require a lot of money or pre-planning, I have some ideas for you. These activities will save your sanity and your bank account, and if you do it right, you may have some fun while you are at it.
These weekend ideas are free, fun and will help your mind, body and spirit. And note that I do not mention the treadmill even once, so all of you skeptics can breathe easy and read on.
Have a pantry potluck. Go through your pantry and make a meal from only what you have on hand. Not only will you save money, you can clean out your pantry while you are at it. If you have not used the canned tuna from 2010 by now, it is probably a good idea to toss it.
Have a weekly “Meal Prep” day. Invite a friend over and prep a few meals for the week ahead. You can chop, dice, and whip up a casserole while dancing to your favorite tunes. Pop your creations in the freezer and you are ready to go.
Journal. When you find yourself with a moment of peace and quiet, take a few minutes to jot down your thoughts. Things for which you are grateful , goals you have for yourself, steps you will take this week to take care of yourself. People who make this a daily practice, report a more positive mood and outlook on life.
Take it Outside. If your kids are going stir crazy, and your house is an overwhelming mess ( or is that just my life?). Throw some sandwiches in a basket, add a buddy, a ball and a book and head toward your local park. Sounds simple but sometimes a little fresh air and change of scenery can be a welcome change of pace.
Help A Neighbor. This is my favorite! We all have someone in our neighborhood who could use a hand. An elderly neighbor in need of yard work, a single parent in need of childcare, or a lonely dog in need of a daily walk. These acts of kindness are not only appreciated, they are an amazing mood booster as well.
And if you are really ambitious, pick a closet in your house and start organizing (that picnic is sounding better and better isn’t it?). Have a fun and frugal weekend.
Sherri Sacconaghi, AADP, NASM-CPT
Certified Health Coach
"Inspiring you Towards a Healthy Body and a Joyful Life".