If you're anything like me, by now your health resolutions are probably suffering—let's focus on fitness this month and recharge our personal batteries this month with exercise, extra sleep, and healthy eating habits!
Are you loving the month long challenges that we've done as part of our Focused in 2021 challenge? First, our finances were whipped into shape, then our relationships got a little boost. Now, we're ready to focus on improving our personal health. Who's ready for the next monthly challenge? It's gonna be good!
It's an important one, Freebs! This month let's focus on fitness and on our personal health. Now don't roll your eyes or groan… we get it! Health challenges can be daunting and staying disciplined is exhausting. But how can we take care of others, if we're not taking care of ourselves?! That's why we're going to work on developing a few good healthy habits this month.
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Set your own health goals! Go at your own pace! You decide what's important for you to accomplish this month. Now, let's get on to the challenge!
Step 1. Print the Focus on Fitness Month calendar – if you're not already on the mailing list, SIGN UP HERE to get the March calendar emailed to you. The easiest way to stay updated to do is to get on the email list and follow along on the blog, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. I'll post lots of helpful tips and how-to's there!
Step 2. Follow along! Each week there is a theme to help you focus on a different aspect of your health. Then of course, we always suggest wrapping up the week with a simple date or family night to help keep you focused on the people that matter most.
Step 3. As always, adapt the calendar to work for your needs and help you get the most out of the monthly challenge.
MARCH CALENDAR & CHALLENGES
Whether you are a fitness fanatic or a little less than enthused about the whole “working out thing” (slowly raises hand), this month's theme is going to have something for everyone. In a nutshell, we are here to encourage a little more health and fitness overall.
Pro Tip: If you struggle to make health challenges stick, my best advice to you is to do it with a buddy! Accountability partners, whether it's your spouse, friend, or family, are so important to help keep you on track.
WEEKLY ACTIVE DATE NIGHT
To finish off each week, plan an active date night! If you can get outdoors, even better. We've got a big list of fun active date night ideas to help you make plans!
SET FITNESS GOALS
We want to encourage everyone to commit to setting a few health or fitness goals. It doesn't necessarily need to be weight loss or running a marathon. It can be as simple as drinking more water, getting more sleep, or stretching more. The point is to challenge yourself and above all, HAVE FUN! Break your goal down into weekly goals to help you be successful and celebrate the little wins!
It's important that you set goals and follow through with them, so be sure to set goals in a way that you'll actually be able to hit! We've even got a free printable nutrition log and fitness tracker to help you stay accountable.
PURGE JUNK & STOCK UP ON HEALTHY SNACKS
Here's a good challenge for ya! Remove the temptation so you can work on making healthier choices and eating healthier. Clean out your fridge, pantry, and cupboards of any super tempting junk foods, then set yourself up for success by stocking up on healthy snacks!
MOVE YOUR BODY WEEK
Every day this week, make it a point to do ONE extra thing that gets your body up and moving a little more! There are a LOT of opportunities to move more that we miss. Need a few ideas to get you started? Hold a dance party in the kitchen, take the stairs instead of an elevator, go on a walk with your family, or take a back-row spot in a parking lot.
Working out at home doesn't have to be hard or expensive! Whatever it is, get up and moving. Share your own ideas with everyone on social media using the hashtag #FocusonFitnessMonth so we can all inspire each other!
CHECK OUT LOCAL WORKOUT PROGRAMS
Looking for ways to connect with others? Use Facebook or Google to help you find fun things near you, such as workout programs in your community! It's super easy to do and you can usually find a cheap or even free option. #Winning
WATER ONLY WEEK
For 7 days, drink NOTHING but water! No soda, coffee, alcohol, Crystal Lite, Gatorade, Propel. Zilch, zero, nada. Just straight h20. While there may be some healthy options out there, most of us don't get enough plain water. Our water only challenge will help us hydrate, let our taste buds get all the other stuff out of their system, and do our body good!
We've been exercising and eating better this month. Now it's time to learn the why behind what we've been doing! Listen to a nutrition podcast or find a good book or website to learn more about why it's so important to eat healthy and work out! This is a great way to educate yourself a little more and find a little extra motivation.
NO SUGAR WEEK (GROAN!)
This is hands down the hardest week for me, but the truth is that sugar is addicting and sometimes our bodies just need a break! So for 7 days, do your best to avoid ALL SUGAR! How extreme you go on this no sugar challenge is up to you, since there is basically sugar in everything.
Decide for yourself what your goal will be. For me, it will mostly be sugary cereal, candy, desserts, sugary snacks, etc. I won't worry too much about the sugar that's baked into my bread, taco shells, etc. This one is going to be tough, but I am glad we're in this together. (Cue the High School Musical song!) After that, share your wins with us on social media!
MORE SLEEP WEEK
I'm sure there are a lot of happy hoots and hollas about this one! I'm a night owl by nature and used to stay up late for work and projects. After adjusting my schedule and getting more sleep, I found it had a HUGE impact on my life. There's definitely a correlation between getting better sleep and being more focused and productive!
This week, commit to going to bed early and and waking up earlier. In addition, let's turn off electronics at least an hour before bedtime and work on a night time routine that will help us get better sleep.
SHARE YOUR FOCUS ON FITNESS SUCCESS WITH US!
We made it! Phew! Now go weigh yourself, measure yourself, check your goal sheet, look at the steps you took, and just think about how much better you feel overall…after that, share your success with the world!
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- Come see my best tips for getting healthy and sticking with it!
- Try out our easy 10-minute baked tilapia one night this month!
Let's crush this month!