Where were you on Monday, January 27th when the 10 Week Wellness Challenge began? Maybe you were getting in your first morning workout, maybe you were sitting at your desk sending emails, maybe you hadn’t even signed up for the challenge yet. Wherever you started, whenever you started the Challenge, you’re probably not living that same lifestyle any more.
This simple and affordable challenge that you started as a fun, friendly competition has now transformed you into a healthier version of yourself. Someone proud of the accomplishments you’ve conquered and the new goals you have set for yourself. Take a second now and really think back to where you began and realize how far you have already come!
Find a Time to Pause
Finding time to take a break while in the hustle and bustle of your busy life is important not only for relaxation but also to reflect on your life. This will help manage stress as well as planning for what’s ahead each week or month. You may be playing multiple roles in life but it’s very important to also take time and focus on yourself. You have spent nearly 10 weeks trying to change your lifestyle! Look back and recognize how much has changed.
Being able to look back and evaluate your journey will help you to improve your efforts going forward. You can see where you have struggled, where you are successful and take note. What techniques helped you through the hard times? What workouts did you enjoy the most? These are all things to reflect on so you can continue to incorporate them into your lifestyle after the challenge ends.
Evidence shows our lifestyles play a huge part in our health. A healthy lifestyle helps reduce the incidence and impact of disease, eases coping with life stressors and improves quality of life. From what we eat and drink, to how much we exercise, all will affect our health in terms of life expectancy as well as how long we can expect to live without experiencing chronic disease. You have already made a drastic improvement over the past 9 weeks. Reflect where you are and the incredible journey you’ve been on. If you had to choose a theme song to represent you today, nearing the end of the 10 Week Wellness Challenge, what would it be?