New Year’s Resolutions? No. 7-Day Health & Fitness Challenge? Yes!

iPhone alarm, Sri LankaI don’t do New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve never seen the point. They strike me more as a wish list of things a person might like to have done but without all the nasty effort involved. πŸ˜›

I’ve even, for the most part, avoided setting new goals at the beginning of the year specifically to avoid that resolution smell. πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ˜€

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

Health: Getting out of bed at 6:30am. That’s a good time for me. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

11 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions? No. 7-Day Health & Fitness Challenge? Yes!”

  1. 1. I love your header! Cows in the street. =)
    2. I’m really glad you were willing to modify the challenge to make it work for you. I wish more would follow your lead and create sustainable habits instead of intense efforts with often painful results!
    3. I’m so glad you joined! =)
    .-= Seth Simonds´s last blog ..Primal Stride Challenge | Five At Five | Day Two =-.

  2. I’m from Western Canada – Manitoba originally, but I’ve mostly lived in Alberta and British Columbia. Most recently, Kelowna with Vancouver and Edmonton before that.

    Oddly, I’ve never been to Ontario except a brief layover on the way to somewhere else. πŸ™‚

    And yes, I do miss the snow on occasion. Like when it’s really really hot here and I’d love nothing more than to make snow angels in the buff to cool off. πŸ™‚

  3. 1. It was a really really really lucky shot, taken from inside a moving trishaw. I’m quite happy with how well it turned out. No one – from the west – would have believed me if I hadn’t managed to get that shot. πŸ™‚

    2. I have to. It would break my body even worse if I tried doing what you’re doing. I’ve spent far too long in pain and broken in various ways to be able to ignore what’s going on. πŸ™‚ I also would like to see more people creating more realistic and sustainable goals rather than kicking themselves because they couldn’t manage to meet the goal, but intend to make it up later. Good intentions aside, this is about developing lasting healthy habits, not losing 5 pounds a week only to crash and burn later.

    3. Me, too! So far, it’s fun and pretty cool. πŸ™‚ I’m glad you’re hosting it. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  4. It also helps tremendously that Seth has created the kind of community that he has. So far, it’s incredibly supportive and friendly, and that always helps. πŸ™‚

    Do you want in? It’s never too late to join. πŸ˜€

  5. Dear Laurie,
    Indeed, and what a wonderful idea that he has created. πŸ™‚
    I’ll be away from my current hometown practically all month from tomorrow and will not be near a computer. I am doing some travelling and there will be plenty of walking involved everyday! πŸ™‚ (Walking is one of my favourite things to do-to everywhere)
    If I was fixed, than I would join, but am not.
    You have a very enjoyable month no matter what.
    And keep reporting back, it sounds like you have a lot of supporters backing you all the way. And most importantly you have yourself! πŸ™‚
    I’ll speak to you soon.
    .-= Ana Goncalves´s last blog ..Awaken =-.

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