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 '20 challenge? First, our finances were whipped into shape and our relationships got a little boost and now we're ready to focus on improving our personal health. Who's ready for the next monthly challenge? It's gonna be a good one!
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.
You set your health goals! You go at your pace! You decide what's important for you to accomplish this month. Now, let's get on to the challenge.
FOCUS ON FITNESS MONTH
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, and social media. 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.
If you struggle to make health challenges stick–my best advice to you to do the same, is do this with a buddy!
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.
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 right here!
SET FITNESS GOALS
We want to encourage everyone to commit to setting a few health or fitness goals. It doesn't need to be weight loss or running a marathon either. 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!
PURGE JUNK & STOCK UP HEALTHY SNACKS
Here's a mini challenge for ya! If you're working on eating healthier, which we all should be trying to make healthier choices. 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, going on a walk with your family, or taking a back-row spot in a parking lot. Here are even more ideas for working out at home!
Whatever it is, get up and moving! Share your own ideas with everyone on social media using the #FocusOnFitness, 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 workout programs in your community! We've got a post that teaches you how to find fun things near you. It's definitely worth a read.
WATER ONLY WEEK
For 7 days consume NOTHING to drink, except for 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. This week's 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 improve your mental health! Listen to a podcast or find a good book to enrich your mind! This is a great way to life your spirits 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 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 are doing it together. After that, share your wins with us on social media!
Go for a walk, go sit on a bench, go do something outside to get you some Vitamin D! This is so essential for your health and well-being! We promise you'll feel rejuvenated after a 30 minute outdoor therapy session.
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. I was able to focus more and be more 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.
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!
You've earned it! Use the #FocusOnFitnessMonth hashtag so we can all cheer each other on.
WHO'S WITH ME?!
Ready. Set. Go!