May Fitness Challenge

Hello readers! With the current quarantine situation, gyms are still closed. However, that does not mean that we have to forego our health just because we are stuck at home. I’ve passed that curve of feeling sorry for myself about not being able to do anything, and have taken steps to get myself back on track. I ordered a few workout equipment pieces from Amazon and also purchased a treadmill. It’s a slow process but I’m going to go back to the days of having a workout schedule and making myself wake up in the morning to work out.

That being said, I have created a list of simple yet slightly challenging tasks that I must complete in May. I’ve seen that it takes 66 days to create a habit, and so many of these are things I am tasking myself with every day for the month of May, in order to build a long-lasting healthy habit.

Challenges

  • Run/jog at least 1 mile every day
  • Drink at least 64 oz. of water every day
  • Follow a Beachbody workout every day
  • Track nutrition daily

I know that list looks very anti-climactic, but let me explain. When I was younger (you know, 18 and about 80 lbs lighter), I loved running. In truth, I didn’t have a license or a car, but I had a job so….I would get a ride to work and then run home. I was at the height of my fitness game with all that cardio and, if I’m being honest, I miss being able to run. With the run/jog challenge, I’m starting off with at least 1 mile a day because I want to slowly build a habit as well as stamina without hurting myself.

The challenge to drink a gallon of water a day is one that I already strive for but quite often fall short. So this challenge is just a reminder for me to build that habit up. As for the challenge to follow a Beachbody workout every day, I did go through the two weeks free membership and found the programs so helpful. Today, May 1st, I’ve started with the 21 Day Fix program, so that is what I will be doing from now until the 21st. I will keep you updated in a later blog on which program I’ll be going to next.

The last challenge of tracking my daily nutrition is so that I can get a numerical view of the amount of calories, carbs, protein, etc that I’m eating. After eating each meal, I’ll also record my energy level or any other body aches like bloating or headaches. That being said, this will give me an overview on the foods that I eat in order to make smarter more informed decisions when eating.

I’m excited to see what changes in myself will happen over the next 30 days. Will I lose weight? Maybe. What I’d really like to see is just the consistency of building a habit, one that I will continue into the months and years ahead. If you’re interested in seeing my progress through this journey, follow me on Instagram, where I will be posting daily to my stories. Thank you all for your continued support. Also a huge thank you to those on the front line during this quarantine. You are the true heroes!

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