Whew! We just completed the first week of the Move Nourish Believe Challenge and it was pretty amazing. I love this challenge! It is fun, different, and doesn’t require me to twist myself into interesting yoga poses in order to participate. Not only that, the prize is $1000 in Lorna Jane Active apparel! How’s that for motivation?
Day 1: Sweat It Out. Show Us Your Favorite Way to Sweat!
Day 2: Change it Up! Sweat in a New Way!
On of the perks of working at a fitness center that has a Pilates studio is the availability of a spare reformer when you need one. It was a lot of fun and reminded me that I really need to do more Pilates. It’s such an amazing workout.
Day 3: Let’s Get Planking! Plank for at Least 5 minutes (you can split it up).
I really wanted to do the entire 5 minutes at one time, but I wasn’t sure that I could. My recent planking is done during the classes I teach, on a stability ball, for one minute at a time. Could I hold up for five?
I was dressed to go running, waiting for it to get a little lighter outside when I decided to go for it. I used an app on my ipad for the photo op, so that I could show the countdown. At a minute, I still had a smile on my face. With 2:56 left, Coco (top right corner) came over to give me a little encouragement. I held on. At the halfway point, Olivia (bottom left) gave me a kiss to help give me strength. And with about 35 seconds to go, Penny (bottom center) whispered “you can do it” into my ear (that’s what I heard anyway). And at 5 minutes, my timer beeped, I collapsed on my mat, sore but pretty darn proud. And still managed a six mile run afterward!
Day 4: Buddy Up! Work Out with a Friend Today!
Day 5: Fave Friday! Show Your Five Fitness Favorites!
The rules said that our fitness favorites could be workouts, equipment, people, exercises..whatever gets us moving. After a little thought, I first picked my favorite race, the La Jolla Half Marathon, then realized that I got my fitness inspiration from the people I am surrounded by!
Starting at the top right: Hanging with a few of my SweatPink and Fitfluential sisters; Bo Eason, whose presentation at IDEA World Fitness Convention rocked my world; my grandsons who love to run with their grandma and grandpa when we visit; the students in my group exercise classes, who defy aging through their hard work; and my cross country team, who train so hard during the summer months in the desert.
Next week the challenge is all about Nourishment. Monday’s challenge is to go meatless. I think I have that one in the bag!
Have you joined the MNB Challenge? It’s a great way to give your 2014 resolutions and goals a kick in the pants.
Pick one (or all) and tell me: What’s your favorite way to sweat? What new fitness activity would you like to try out? Who is your favorite workout buddy? What or who inspires you to stay fit?