It’s challenge time again!! It’s been said that it takes about 30 days to form a habit. The ones that are good for you require cultivation and determination, though the starting phase is the hardest, especially if you want to change an old habit into a new one. This is why November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) – giving yourself a challenge for a minimum of 30 days is a great way to get a good start on writing the novel that you’ve dreamed about. But this blog isn’t about writing novels, and I ‘m a month behind with posting topics for NaBloWriMo (National Blog Writing Monthh), so instead I ‘m challenging to improve all facets of your health. Yes, it is a gift. So, take a moment to think Ã‹Å“Who do I want to be in 5 years?’ What habits would you like to improve upon? Start now for your new habits to influence your lifestyle and consequently your life!
Keep a log, challenge your friends and stay inspired! Do a different challenge each day, or pick one and stay with it. The idea here is to begin thinking about areas of our health that can be improved upon:
#1 Take a 20 Minute walk
Walking is healthy, relaxing and inspiring. And it is both easy and free! A great exercise while walking is to observe other people and think about what the differences and similarities are between you and them. This will definitely increase your empathy and your observing skills! A great book on this subject is Manwatching.
#2 Do a #plankaday
Planks are great for strengthening your core.
#2 Drink Eight 8oz Glasses of Water
We need water ofr our kidneys to function properly, to digest our food etc. As well, by weight, our brains are approximately 75% water. By molecule count, our brains are approximately 99% water (both slightly higher than the rest of the body).
#4 Try a New Recipe
If you want to learn how to cook you need to practice, practice, practice. Forcing yourself to try a new recipe each day is a great way to learn of more techniques and ingredients. It also makes it easier to drop bad food habits you might have and turn them into healthy ones!
#5 Refrain from Alcohol
Do you have a social circle where there hasn’t been a sober night out for years? Can you try to have fun without ingesting chemicals to alter your doors of perception? This is a great challenge to learn how to stand up for yourself against peer pressure.
#6 Pick One Bad Habit You Have and Ditch It
Are you a smoker? Do you like to see the negative side of things? Do you practice self-hate? Do you eat fast food? Do you play too many video games? Quit them for 20 days, and pick another challenge instead!
#7 Take the Stairs Every Chance You get
Somehow escalators seem ridiculous to me, and in some cases elevators too. So take the stairs every chance you get for 20 days. It is healthy, it doesn’t look silly and it will add up over a lifetime 🙂
Read this to learn why you should meditate, learn awesome variations on meditation here. The best moments are just after waking up and just before sleep!
#9 Walk/Drive/Run A New Route to Work or School
This is a great challenge to keep alert, discover new places, get a better understanding of your city and to have more fun while doing one of the mundane daily tasks of life.
Don’t watch any television and stop following the news. Log out of Facebook, Twitter and StumbleUpon. Stop the information overload and try living simple. You’ll be amazed how much free time you have left!
#10 Do Something that Scares You
Fear is the one thing keeping you from being the best version of yourself. The only way to overcome your fears is to face them head on!
#11 Got to Bed 20 min Earlier Than Normal
Lack of sleep releases the stress hormone cortisol ” you’ll be amazed at how energised and alert you’ll feel after just an extra half an hour of sleep.
#12 Practice One Completely Self-Less Act
Go out of your way to help someone else out who may or may not deserve your kindness. Take out your neighbor’s trash. Give a $5 to a homeless person. Do something that takes real effort on your part while brightening the day of the receiver.
#12 Try a Fruit or Vegetable That You’ve Never Had Before
You may find something that you really like and can be added into your regular nutritional plan.
#14 Do Something, Anything, That You’ve Never Done Before
Just like trying a new fruit or a vegetable, you may find fitness activities that can be added into your routine that you really enjoy.
#15 Find Something That Boosts Your Energy and Do It
Perhaps a walk wakes you up, calling an old friend, or a protein-rich meal does. What ever it is, do it and see how much more you can accomplish in your day.
OK ” so I’ve only come up with half of the challenges so far and I need your help … Can you suggest more? I ‘ll add them to the challenge list with a link back to your blog and twitter!
Are you in?