Enjoying May’s festivities is no reason to let yourself go! Ways to keep your calorie intake in check over the long weekend

The long weekend in May is one of the more anticipated times of the year. You can pack your backpack and head out on a new adventure – or spend a great time with your friends without leaving home. May’s festivities tempt you with sweet treats, barbecues and beverages that don’t exactly contain minimal calories. Take a look at our tips to find out how not to push your daily calorie intake off the scale. Stick to these rules and spring into May without a guilty conscience! We’ve got our ways to help you out!

Relax on your own terms

Start by planning your long weekend to make sure that you spend it the way you like best. If you want to take a break from the frantic pace of life and free yourself from your daily stresses, take a walk in the woods, read a book, listen to music or meet up with friends to catch up on the latest news. This is the perfect time to unwind and recharge your batteries for the coming weeks, so think about the best ways to rebuild your energy reserves.

But keep in mind that, paradoxically, lying on the sofa for days is likely to do you more harm than good. If you have no definite plan and spend the weekend at home, you’re likely to snack to ‘kill time’ and reduce your physical activity to... nothing. Of course, no one is saying that all of a sudden you should go all-out on exercise, but spontaneous physical activity (NEAT) is a great way to relax in tune with your body’s needs.

So, when visiting your friends, try to change body positions frequently so that you don’t sit in one place for hours on end. If you’re staying in town, walk or take a bike to get your morning shopping, instead of driving. This time, at least, you can shop at your leisure. If you decide to take a city break jam-packed with sightseeing, you don’t have to worry. You’re bound to clock up an impressive number of steps and walk dozens of kilometers exploring new places. That’s what it should all be about! Make it your goal to combine the pleasant with the practical😉.