Lose weight without hitting the gym every weekend, because: ain’t nobody got time for that! These fabulous weekend activities all involve incidental exercise to help you reach your goal weight without even trying.
For most of us, the very last thing we want to do on the weekend is hit the gym. Exercise might be put in the “too hard” basket because there a million and one other priorities (like family, socialising and ahem, wine) that are on the top of the list. But the good news is, there are some really fun ways to be active on the weekend… and you won’t feel like you’re exercising!
We’ve put together a list of 15 fabulous active ideas for your weekend. At SuperFastDiet, we’re all about that incidental exercise! Keep your social life, have time for the family and lose weight while you’re at it. Win, win, win!
Go for a walk (and then coffee)
Love your Saturday morning brunch? We do too! Here’s a simple swap: rather than meeting your friends at the café, meet at someone’s home and walk to the café together.
Work on the garden or a DIY project
Gardening and working on DIY projects at home is super satisfying and surprisingly active! Soak up some vitamin D while you beautify the backyard, get stuck into a project like refurbishing your coffee table, or even feng shui your home.
Go speed shopping
A little bit of retail therapy is as good for the legs as it is for the soul. Head to your local mall and give yourself a time limit to get everything you need. You’ll find yourself power walking for an hour without realizing.
Enjoy nature and take your partner or the kids for a bike ride. You can go at your own leisurely pace and pack a picnic.
Wander around your local farmer’s market and be inspired by the fresh produce. Source some amazing ingredients to cook up a delicious batch of hearty and healthy pumpkin soup or similar.
Visit an art gallery
When was the last time you went to the art gallery? Pop on your walking shoes and lap up some culture! Perfect rain, hail or shine.
No one loves housework on the weekend but the good news is it is great for incidental exercise! Clean out your wardrobe, go through cupboards and spruce up your home. Easy-peasy!
Visit bespoke markets
Find a bargain at a second-hand market or a one-of-a-kind handmade piece at an artists’ market. They are often weekly in the city and you can check your council website for upcoming local events.
Go to a school fete
The kids in your life will love you for this. Pack some healthy snacks and water to take along if you’re worried about eating 50 toffees!
Host a party
Invite friends over for a night of nostalgia and dancing to the best music from the 80s! It’s just like an aerobics class.
A picnic in paradise
Take the kids to the park or botanic gardens and go for a little walk before you set up camp. Bring a kite or a frisbee if you’re feeling extra active.
Laugh out loud
Sometimes a good belly laugh with friends is not only the best medicine but also the best exercise! 15 minutes of laughter can burn up to 40 calories!
Build a fort
Perfect on a cold winter’s day when all you want to do is curl up and watch a movie. Channel your inner child and build a fort beforehand, then enjoy air-popped popcorn during the movie!
Snap some pictures
Try your hand at photography of nature or family outdoors, you’ll be on your feet, walking around without realising it!
Visit a museum
Check out the latest exhibition at the museum with a friend for an out of the ordinary activity. Incidental exercise is the best when you’re distracted by something else!
We hope you enjoy these weekend activities involving a little incidental exercise! Let us know if you have any other suggestions in the comments below.