Monday, February 16, 2009

Challenge Yourself!

It's that time of year when many people are feeling a little blah. It's not always the easiest time to stay motivated to excel at our wellness pursuits---in fact, I noticed this morning that the New Year's Resolution people seem to have completely disappeared from the gym.

One way to try and keep your motivation going is to set a challenge for yourself. You can do this alone or with other people, and first try it with setting time limits so it doesn't feel like such a big thing (i.e. I'll start taking the stairs forever vs. I'll take the stairs at work for the next 5 days).
Challenges I've heard lately:
  • going to the gym twice in one week
  • walking up and down the stairs at work instead of taking the elevator
  • preparing produce and having it available in the fridge for a pre-dinner snack
  • eating 25 types of produce in one week
  • not eating after 9pm
  • walking for 10 minutes at lunch time
  • only eating prepared foods that have 5 ingredients or less
  • not checking email after 10pm
  • doing one exercise video on the weekend

Pick something that makes sense and is reasonable for you and your lifestyle. Make it interesting (and rewards can be helpful too!).

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