If you’ve been following my blog, you know I’ve been doing 30-day challenges since July. They’ve been a great way to focus my energy in one area, accomplish more than I would have otherwise, and make each month memorable.
October is my birthday month, so I want to focus on taking care of my body. I’ve done better than ever since I turned 50, with Goju-Ryu Karate as my challenge the the autumn of my 50th birthday. When I started my master’s program in Early Childhood Studies in England, I began one of the best habits of my life – working out for an hour 3 times each week. By not giving myself a choice not to work out 3 times each week, it worked. I’ve kept with that since 2006.
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” Jim Rohn
My workouts have changed over time. In England, I worked out in a gym or climbed apartment stairs and worked out to DVDs. Since I’ve been back at home in the U.S., I’ve used mainly rebounder, Zumba (my favorite!), Pilates, and Power Plate.
I love listening to audio books while I work out, and my 3 workouts each week have become a great time to listen to novels. I listened to a number of Charles Dickens books, and I’m having fun with some light British novels at the moment.
This month, my challenge is to focus more on the other days of my week. I typically have 3 minutes of rebounding and 2 minutes of Pilates every day (except Sunday, my day off). Now I want to add some walking every day (what better time than autumn?!) or walking up and down the stairs while holding hand weights.
I admire athletes who are extremely disciplined in their daily workouts. Even though I’m not an athlete, I can adopt a bit of that discipline into my life, too.
How about you? Do you have a fitness challenge of your own?
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