Just when you thought you could take a break from your workouts, diet and facial exercises, this post caught your eye. The Fourth of July weekend is here and that means sun, fun and friends for most of us. Yet summer seems to be filled with all of the above so it’s important to make a plan. It’s possible to enjoy yourself in moderation and protect yourself from too much sun, carbs and calories.
If you want to look your very best this weekend and beyond, read our tips for surviving the 4th of July without doing damage.
Hydrate All Weekend
Sometimes our posts sound like a broken record, but that is how important hydration is. You must stay hydrated all weekend to combat thirst, which is commonly mistaken for hunger, and to flush the toxins from your system. Proper hydration keeps you full so you don’t overeat and it plumps up our skin cells. When our cells are dehydrated, collagen breaks down and skin appears dull and saggy. Drink lemon water, green tea and add fruit to sparkling water to feel like you’re having a treat.
Hit the Gym
Make sure to follow your normal exercise regimen, even if you’re on vacation. Squeeze in some gym time or take a run in the neighborhood. Since you may be indulging more than normal, this will help offset extra calories you may consume. Get outside and join in some physical activity whenever you can—it’s an excellent way to bond with friends and boost endorphins.
To make sure you’re not in sedentary mode, use a FitBit or tracking app to ensure you’re taking lots of steps and burning calories.
Overload on Sunscreen
One product you can’t overdo is sunscreen, especially when you’ll be outdoors more than usual. Apply it at least 20 minutes before heading outside and re-apply every 90 minutes. Use it on your face and entire body to protect your skin from the sun’s powerful ultraviolet rays. A day of sunburn can undo some of the amazing results garnered from a daily practice of facial exercises.
Treat Your Skin
Since your skin will be on display at any events you plan to attend this weekend, do a mask such as Face Lift to Go to give you a healthy, radiant glow. Do your facial exercises, dry brushing and No Lipo Lipo as you normally would, even if you’re out of town. Those amazing Sisal Louffas barely take up any room in your suitcase so don’t leave yours at home. You can stream the Ultimate Facercise and No Lipo Lipo DVDs on Amazon Video so you don’t have to miss a beat.
Whether you’re dieting or trying to maintain results, it’s important to get in the right frame of mind. If you plan to have a cheat day, choose which it will be in advance. The last thing you want to do is allow things to turn into a cheat weekend, let alone a five day one. Don’t go anywhere on an empty stomach—if you do, chances are you will overeat. Have a protein or fiber-rich snack before you go anywhere and do not skip breakfast. If you plan to drink alcohol, set the boundaries in advance, such as one two white wine spritzers or one glass or Prosecco. Have a glass of water in between each cocktail to keep yourself hydrated.