Well. Thats it. 100 days of consecutive exercise finished this morning with a 30 min yoga workout. I missed a couple due to illness and a couple to a broken heart along the way, but added them on to the end.
The workit100 challenge commenced with a ride on Balu back in early April this year and I started out full of enthusiasm about the challenge. And, surprisingly I maintained that enthusiasm the whole way through. I found it so much easier than I had thought to stick to. Autumn/Winter did seem like a rather stupid time of year to begin an exercise based challenge, but plenty of yoga and pilates inside on the really wet days meant I didn't have to brave the elements tooooo often.
Even a holiday to Fiji mid way through didn't knock me off my stride- I still ran, swam and did yoga around sunbathing and drinking cocktails!!
It was easy to include the kids and John too for family walks, tennis sessions, bike rides etc.
So. what have a learnt? Well firstly, daily exercise is incredibly easy to fit in, no matter how busy your day has been, there is always something you can do. Walk the dog after work, Yoga while the kids are eating dinner, running while kids are biking in the park, lunchtime walk to grab a sarnie..... its all about "making" the time and 30 mins is really not much to ask.
Secondly, I came to look forwards to my exercise time, after only about 10/11 days into the challenge. It was "me" time, my brain and body really appreciated it, I felt a sense of satisfaction and pride after each session that I had done something I knew was good for me each day. No "missed gym session" guilt feelings. Even if my planned exercise hadn't happened (there were a few very wet day runs cancelled which became yoga) there was always something else I could do.
Third, and possibly best of all, my kids started asking what I was going to do today- and could they join in. Henry did several runs and walks with me and also started joining in with some Pilates in the last few weeks. Sam was always up for a scoot while I walked Pipi or a bike ride if I was running. I hope I showed that exercise doesn't need to be a chore, and can be something we can all enjoy together, and also something that can be enjoyed daily. It became very normal for them to hear "just going to do my yoga" while they were chilling out after dinner. Sam came in to watch a few moves- i think he was REALLY impressed with how amazing I looked??!!!!!
So. What do I do now thats finished?
Ive enjoyed this challenge so much, and because I saw it through I feel encouraged to do something else now. So now Im doing a Runstreak challenge... That is running 1 mile a day EVERY day for a calendar month (you can do it as long as you want but this will fit in perfectly before we go on holiday!!) SO from 1st August I will be running 1 mile a day and logging it. Rain or shine- probably more rain than shine to be honest- I will fit it in. 1 mile is only 1.6km so its really not far. Im going to time my run, and I want to see big improvements over the month. I will run the same loop on the first and last day and see how its changed.
John is joining me on this challenge which is great.... He will ALSO be logging his times himself and we will have a nice family competition (I love a competition!!!) to see who can knock the most seconds off!
And thats the great thing about a challenge. It can be anything you want. In any aspect of your day, involving yourself or others. Why not find one to suit you? Give it a go and see what you can achieve??