I will start off by saying, “I went to the doctor today for my wellness exam” and well. . . Let’s just say that I need to give my Healthy Habits a boost. This week, I will be taking the Mini Challenge that I created; it was designed to give a taste of what Healthy Habits is all about. The focus for the mini-challenge will be on health, while the ultimate Healthy Habits Challenge is a years-worth of habits for the mind, body, and spirit.
Who is with me?
The challenge starts NOW. Each day, I (hopefully you) will implement the assigned healthy habit. The assigned habits are to be built upon (not replaced). The goal is to create good habits that become a part of our lifestyle and daily routine. The mini challenge is a crash course. Research states that it takes at least 21 days to form a habit, so while you may be motivated to continue this new routine, bear in mind that consistency is what will transform your habit into a lifestyle.
So, are you with me?
Day 1: Drink 8 – 10 glasses of water. Water does a body good and provides endless benefits; it boosts your metabolism for one. For creative ways to drink water, click here to read 8 Ways to Drink More Water.
Day 2: Track your calorie intake and keep within your recommended limit. I encourage you to take advantage of this free meal tracker.
It allows you to track your food, water consumption, and exercise. MyFitnessPal is also a wonderful tool to keep you in check.
Day 3: Do a mini-workout of 50 jumping jacks, 1-minute plank, 50 crunches, and 10 push ups. Add an additional set each day.
Day 4: Do not eat anything after 8 p.m. It sounds simple, but the evening munchies have a habit of striking around this time. Hungry? Drink water–you will be accomplishing two habits at the same time.
Day 5: Eliminate your sugar intake to fruits and eliminate breads. I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. I have, however, been advised by my doctor to reduce these two villains so I will be doing just that.
Day 6: Take your vitamins. At the very least, take a multivitamin. Be mindful of areas that you may be lacking. Is your Vitamin D or Iron low? Women, especially, are often deficient in these areas.
Day 7: End the week with a nice 2-3 mile walk or run.
Good luck and have a Healthy Habits Happy Week! I would love to hear the results of your challenge.
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