Thursday, November 29, 2012

Every Day Fit: December Challenge

First it was "wicked wallies", then I attempted lunges for leftovers via the Girls Gone Sporty monthly challenges. I realized the beauty of the challenge was that I was trying new things and that I was switching things up.  I wasn't maintaining my normal.

I also loved that they could be done anywhere (maybe not so much with the lunges unless you like people looking at you like you have a third head).  No equipment was needed, no special talent, no extra time out of my day.    While contemplating the monthly challenges I thought I would see if I could come up with something along those lines.  

Fast forward to Tuesday, I was running late for work and dashed into the first open elevator, and we waited, and waited, and waited.  The doors did not shut, the elevator did not budge.  Not having time to wait around for another elevator, I hoofed up the four flights of stairs to my floor.  I know, cry me a river four whole flights of stairs, though I would swear it's closer to five.  At lunch the elevators were being wonky, so I decided to take the stairs up again and somewhere between the first and fourth floor my December challenge for myself was created.

For the entire month of December I am going to be taking the stairs up whenever possible (I already take them down 99.9% of the time).  This probably seems like a goofy challenge, but it meets my criteria.  I wanted something simple, not intimidating.  Something that would not take out any more from my day.  

 I wanted something that was easily accessible to me and to anyone else that wanted to join me.  I wanted something that could be done every day.  Something small that could eventually make a big difference in my fitness level. Even if it's small, it still counts.  

So who wants to join me?  It doesn't have to be stairs.  It can be anything no matter how small or how big.  Just needs to be easy, manageable within the context of your day.  If not joining me in the stair climb, what do you have in your daily life that you can challenge yourself to change.