Did you all survive Monday? Mine was pretty typical except that I bought a new chair for our living room. I have been looking for an accent chair and was having trouble finding one that would match both my furniture and the curtains in the room but I think I finally was successful!
I was pretty excited to get it home and I think it really completes our room! The design is interesting without clashing with my loud floral curtains. The color is almost an exact match to our couch, too, so I’m pretty excited. And, getting excited over an armchair is, totally, an adult thing to do, right?
So, coming up in the next few weeks, we will be starting a new challenge at our Jazzercise center. It’s called the 35-Day Challenge and it challenges our students to attend 30 classes in 35 days. We have regular students who come every morning or every evening and, at first, it sounds like an easy challenge, however, even those students who come religiously can find reasons to miss and it really pushes our students on those days when they ‘may not feel like coming’ or ‘it’s too cold to leave the house.’ I think it’s a great time of year to offer it because it can be hard to get motivated this time of year when the weather isn’t the greatest and it’s still getting dark pretty early.
This year, one of my fellow instructors had an idea to add another layer to the challenge. It is very common for our students to ask our advice on nutrition, how they can make their workouts more effective, and, in general, ideas on how they can incorporate a healthier lifestyle into their own. So, in addition to challenging our students to attend a certain number of classes in the 35 days, we are also going to give them healthy habit challenges each week to work on outside of class. It’s a simple layer to add but I really think it will have a great impact on our customers and give them ideas on ways they can make small changes that will add up to great healthy benefits for them!
These are some of the challenges I’ve come up with so far:
*pack a healthy snack when leaving the house
*eat vegetables with breakfast
*eat 3 food groups per meal
*try a new green/vegetable/healthy recipe
*go to bed 30 minutes early
*increase water intake (aim for half of body weight, in ounces)
*eat breakfast every morning (combo of protein + fiber)
*add a fruit/vegetable smoothie 3X in a week
*meal plan two meals
Our idea is to present one or two of these extra challenges a week. We don’t want to overwhelm the students with a lot of changes but still want to push them to make changes that they wouldn’t normally be used to adding into their daily routines. As we add new challenges each week, we will ask the students to continue with the challenges from the previous weeks. They can start small and add continue to add new habits…and, hopefully, many of them will become routine for them and they can incorporate them well into the future!
Now, I turn to you guys!!
I would love to hear what everyday healthy habits you incorporate into your own life! What do you tend to focus on daily? Please share any ideas that I can add to the above list for our students! I know I can always count on you guys for fresh ideas and great healthy living information!
Thanks, in advance, for any help and I hope you all have a wonderful day!