Monday, October 24, 2011

Little by little


For those of you who have been following my blog, you'll know I've started doing rolling 21 day challenges to make small incremental changes in my life.  I'm finding them an incredibly effective way of making long term changes in areas of my behaviour, health, and attitude.  So far I've completed a 'blog every day challenge' and an 'eating primal challenge'.  Today I'm embarking on something new.  The 3 day day challenge.

Now before your mind heads off into some weird space wondering what the heck 3 a day is.  It's my way of spending the next 21 days on focusing on building every day movement into my life.  I already work out twice a week with a trainer, and I walk my dogs several times a week.  However I've noticed that I haven't ever really regained the health and fitness that I had in my 20's.  When I reflect back the reason I was so healthy I think it was because I moved every day, and I moved a lot.  I was always running somewhere, walking between activities, dancing all weekend and going to the gym.  These days my life is a little more sedentary (although I do have a standing desk), and I'm feeling the need to get back in the habit of moving.  3 a day means that for the next 21 days I'm going to do 3km per day - walking, running, rowing, cross-trainer - whatever - as long as I go a minimum of 3 kms.  Now 3km isn't going to to a lot for my health.  It's not going to make me fabulously fit.  It's not going to break any records.  What it should do - if I keep to it - it help me build a habit of movement in my life that I can build on.  It should also help be to create some discipline around my schedule (especially when I'm traveling) helping me to remain focused on what is important to me.

So that's it.  3 a day for the next 30 days.  Here's hoping the weather is amazing and I can do much of this outside.

PS - The pic is kind of random, taken from my phone.  What I'd really like to be doing today is diving.  Unfortunately I'll have to make do with my paperweight and dreaming of it.