Are. You. Ready?!?

Alright everyone, August 1 is almost here, which means that we’re about to embark on our first 30 Day Challenge. The purpose of these challenges is to do something that’s fun, good for you and to do it with others who are making the choice to improve their lives. The first challenge sounds simple in theory, but it’s going to take a firm commitment on all of our parts to make it to the end.

August Challenge: 30 Days of Exercise

I thought this was a good one to help us all get used to the idea of committing to something for 30 days straight. The beauty of this is that exercise can take so many forms. The goal should be to get in at least 25-30 minutes of movement, but that can be done in one chunk or broken up into three 10 minute workouts during the day. Also, please don’t be intimidated or put off by the word “workout.” If it gets your heart rate up, it counts!

Here are some ideas to help get you started and to give you some variety:

    • Walking
    • Dancing
    • Jump roping
    • Running
    • Elliptical
    • Yoga
    • Cycling
    • Swimming
    • Any workout DVDs
    • Med Ball 200 or 400

I’ll be posting various workouts of all skill levels throughout the month on Daily Cynema’s Facebook page (which just launched today) and you’ll be able to do almost all of them at home. With that said, here are just some friendly reminders:

1. Start out slowly. If it’s been a while since you’ve exercised (or if you aren’t used to exercising daily), please start out slowly. Otherwise, you may end up with an injury, feeling defeated or just plain burned out. The key here is to make exercise and fitness part of your daily life, kind of like brushing your teeth.

2. Build in rest days. Walking is great for both exercise AND recovery. If you wake up feeling sore, make your next day’s exercise a long walk to help loosen those muscles. Or, walk for the first 10 days and slowly build up to lifting weights or jumping rope.

3. Have fun. Chasing your kids at the park or going for an evening bike ride is a great form of exercise. Whether you’re running 10 miles or playing a pick-up game of soccer with your 4 year old, make sure that it’s something that you enjoy doing.

4. Stay hydrated. Man, it is hot this summer! Regardless of what your daily exercise looks like, bump up your water intake. It’s good for you and it’s a great way to cool your system down.

5. Remind yourself why you are making this commitment. Whether it’s to feel better about yourself, to improve your health, to keep up with your kids or simply to maintain your current level of fitness, the WHY is a very important component in reaching your goals.

6. Check in often! Whether you are looking for support or just want to share your progress, let’s all connect on the Daily Cynema Facebook page to keep each other motivated throughout the month. If you need a boost to help get yourself moving, just think of how amazing you’re going to feel come August 31st when you’ve reached your goal.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m ready to rumble and knock the last of this baby weight out of the park!


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