Now that summer is officially over, the kids have been back in school for a bit and the cooler weather is (or should) be rolling in it’s time to kick off our month-long October Challenge.
Why an October challenge?
Starting with Halloween, we roll through a Fun Sized month of sugar (show of hands, who already has purchased and eaten Halloween candy already??) only to drop right into Thanksgiving with it’s nationally-sanctioned day of gluttony, right into a plate of Christmas treats and egg nog. Christmas is only 1 day but the celebrating, as we all know, goes on for weeks!
And if you celebrate the Jewish Holidays, you’ve already rolled through your break fast and Sukkot and before you know it you have Halloween then Hanukkah starting the day before Thanksgiving. Then, lucky you, even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, you are faced with all of the food and temptations that come along with it!
And that, boys and girls is why we have to arm ourselves for the warfare of the upcoming holidays. Saying ‘no’ to treats and stuff you don’t care for or don’t want is one way to prevent your own post-holiday spread. Another is to get into a habit of consistent exercise.
Some people fall of the wagon with exercise because they decide they “don’t feel like it” one day. Then one day becomes two and so on. By committing to exercise every day for the next 31 days (and not allowing yourself a way out), you are creating a new habit, a new pattern of health that will help with your future motivation.
So here’s the deal. Plan to do some form of exercise for at least 20 minutes every day this month. It could be yoga, Zumba, running, walking, boot camp classes, strength training, hiking or walking the dog.
We are NOT counting housework, gardening or any of those other activities. Sure, those are good ways to stay active but the focus on this challenge is to commit to some kind of formal exercise.
I created a tracker to use for my boot camp class (who is also participating in this challenge). I’ll add it to the forms section of this website so you can download and print it out and track your workouts.
You also should plan to reward for yourself at the end of the month. Buy a new pair of shoes, some new workout clothes or take a day just to relax with a book and a cozy comforter (tell your family that you’re sick you so you aren’t disturbed). But make sure you take the extra step for the reward, it will motivate you when you are feeling less than inspired.
Please report back to me on how your challenge is going and good luck!
Now go run!