I plan to start a series of one month challenges, focused around improving my health. I know that my one month challenge not to eat out in July impacted our habits, and saw us plan better and eat at home more. It probably saved us a ton of money too! Sure, our grocery spend went up but our eating out bill went down by even more!
So here’s what’s on my rough plan for the new year (though I’m tempted to start in December, seeing I’m already feeling lethagic! Plus, I think I’m heavier than I’ve ever been *gasp*).
Take the stairs – I live on the third floor, and the stairs are markedly quicker than waiting for the lift. I’ve already started taking them occasionally. I think I might allow myself free passes when I have the overflowing recycling bin, or a plate of food, but ‘usually’ I will take them. I already use the stairs at work. In other situations, I will favour the stairs to the escalators.
Drink 2L of water a day – I’m not sure how good this *truly* is, but it can’t be bad for you right? Sure your body reaches an equilibrium and expels what it doesn’t need, but there’s no harm in diluting all the coffee that I drink… which brings me to:
No coffee – I was going to say no caffeine, but I think the occasional Earl Grey tea or chocolate, or even an energy drink might be needed. But coffee is becoming habitual, and apart from the $4 a day habit, it can’t be good for me! I think a nice summery month would be best suited to trying to be coffee free!
Squats – I have this weird idea – what if every time I sat on the toilet, I did ten squats? It’s only my body weight as resistance, but there’s no harm in toning up my legs by just repeating the movement a few more times. Strange, yes? Possible – definitely!
Walking – I already wake at 5.45am to get to work by 7am. Although I keep getting to work about ten minutes early. What if I woke up just 5 minutes earlier, and walked for 15 minutes before showering and preparing for work? Maybe every day, I could add a minute, so by the end of the month I was walking for 45 minutes? That’d give me a cumulative walking time of 15 and a half hours for the month!
So, as you can see, I have five challenges, and there’s 12 months in a year! What else do you think I could add to improve my health and well being? Would you be interested in joining me in some of the challenges, so we can help cheer each other along?