I’ve even, for the most part, avoided setting new goals at the beginning of the year specifically to avoid that resolution smell. 😉
But this year, something caught my eye. It’s a goal, a challenge, of sorts, with a difference. And this is where Seth Simonds comes in…
Seth is a funny guy, a cool guy, a smart guy. And Seth is running a health and fitness challenge on his blog for 2010. But this isn’t the usual type of health & fitness challenge, nooooooooo! This is one that I might actually, in some small way, sort of pretend that I can do. 😀
Here’s the general idea:
- Each challenge is seven (7) days long.
- Each challenge will include an exercise and general health task to be completed each day.
- You get one free pass each week to use in case the sky falls and you can’t complete one of your tasks. If you don’t use the pass, it cannot be carried forward to the next week.
What I particularly like about this health & fitness challenge, besides being able to customize it entirely to your own specific needs, is that it’s a community of people working together to improve their health. There’s no focus on the number of pounds lost and, honestly, that’s barely even mentioned. Nope. It’s about health and fitness, not losing weight.
The other part I particularly like is that it’s a new challenge every week. Short, doable challenges. An opportunity to try new things and see if they work for me. If they don’t, I won’t do them again. If they do, I can incorporate them into my life as I see fit.
If you haven’t figured it out already, I’m in. 🙂
This week’s challenge:
Exercise: 5 kilometers each and every day – You may walk, jog, run, sprint… whatever gets you to the goal.
Health: Get out of bed at 5am each morning – It’s your chance to start the year off as an early riser! Try it for a week!
Except neither is realistic for me and my particular health needs, so I’m heavily modifying.
Exercise: 15 laps around my garden. I don’t know the total distance, but would guess it’s probably in the neighborhood of 1/4-1/3 of a mile. I know, it’s not long, but I have mitigating circumstances, including but not limited to joints that dislocate very easily. This is about as much as I could do without causing joint/muscle damage. And it’s more than I’m doing now, so it’s still an improvement. 🙂
Health: Getting out of bed at 6:30am. That’s a good time for me. 🙂
Also, I reserve the right to have more than one bad day a week throughout the entire challenge. I can’t predict how my joints/health will be at any given point. I will, however, do my best to limit those bad days to days where it would do me more harm than good to do the challenge.
Do you want in? Just go here and leave a comment. 🙂