(StatePoint) You may technically work a 9-5 job, but if you’re like most people, you’re probably logging a lot more than 40 hours per week.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 30 percent of those who are weekday-employed work on the weekend, and more than 50 percent of those workers do not use all allocated vacation time.
If this sounds familiar, here are three great reasons to spend your weekend away from your workstation in 2019.
1. Homemade meals
Out of necessity, the work week is often all about quick, processed, pre-made foods. But the weekend can offer the perfect opportunity to focus on wholesome, whole-food ingredients, interesting recipes and time spent with loved ones preparing and enjoying meals. Cooking from scratch also means you know exactly what you are feeding yourself and your family, which can make a world of difference in how you look and feel. To get started, choose a simple, one-pot recipe that’s easy to pull together, and get the whole family involved in the preparation. Make a double batch and enjoy healthy leftovers all week long!
2. Fitness, Friendship and Fun
The best weekends are the ones spent with friends and family, making memories and getting outside your comfort zone. If you’re looking for a truly unique way to spend your weekend, Tough Mudder’s collaborative obstacle challenges may be the ideal motivation you need to unplug on Fridays and truly leave work behind. Tough Mudder events are teamwork-based experiences that test your toughness, mental grit and endurance. Ranging in length and difficulty, these events are untimed and judgment-free, featuring collaborative obstacles and an epic Mudder Village festival packed with live entertainment, beer, authentic local food, fun games, and challenges.
To help ensure a work-free weekend, use Tough Mudder’s new Out-of-Office Generator, which spits out cheeky one-liners that you can insert into your email auto-reply to keep those pesky weekend emails at bay.
3. Time Outdoors
Sunshine and fresh air can be scarce resources for many working people. Beyond a coffee run or quick sprint to grab lunch, you can go hours without enjoying either one, and that isn’t good for the body, mind or soul. Whether you prefer a serious hike in a natural setting or a leisurely stroll to a nearby park, treat yourself and spend some weekend time outdoors with family and friends.
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