I am a goal-oriented person. I like to achieve. I am able to accomplish work projects, and DIY home projects, and personal projects by setting a goal and a deadline. It works great for me. I am not so great at keeping up with a fitness routine when life gets really busy (it always seems really busy these days). So when I saw this challenge at Livestrong.com, I knew it was perfect for me. It is a 40-day (well, at this point, a 36-day) challenge to do at least one fitness-related thing each remaining day of 2012. Here is the heart of the challenge:
Thanksgiving marked 40 days left in 2012, and I want to make them 40 Days of Fitness. Rather than fall apart in the home stretch like most people, we can fight back. How?
By making one healthy choice every day.
That choice could be to work out, or it could be to stand by the veggie tray instead of the cookie tray at a holiday party. Maybe you’ll be able to get in a long run, ride, or gym session, or maybe all you have time for is Dr. Oz’s 7-minute workout. Or perhaps your healthy choice will be to relax with a massage or gentle yoga routine to de-stress from holiday shopping madness. What you do will change from day-to-day. But throughout these 40 Days of Fitness, we’ll commit to making our own health a priority -no matter how hectic things get.
Why is this so important during these last 36 days of 2012? You already know, of course, but here it is, laid out specifically:
[S]tudies show that the average American gains about a pound to a pound-and-a-half during the period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. With parties and family events tying up our time, keeping us out of the gym and often in front of cookie trays, we tend to eat more–and move less–during this time of year than at any other period.
Worse yet: Most of us never lose that extra weight. It accumulates over time. Multiply that pound-and-a-half a year by 20 years and you’re 30 pounds overweight.
So I started today. I power-walked/hiked a local trail with my dogs this morning. It was only a 20 minute trek but it would have made me sweat if it wasn’t 30 degrees outside. And now I’m drinking a cup of detox tea while I tell you about it.
I’d like to say that I’ll blog every day about my next 35 days, but life is busy right now (just like for everybody else), so I’ll keep you updated as time allows. I hope you will join me and Brian Sabin (the creator of this challenge) on our Days of Fitness! Let me know what you are doing!