November Challenge: Small Everyday Changes
For my first challenge, I made a big, sweeping change in my life and did a sugar detox. For November, I am switching it up and implementing some small, everyday changes that can make an impact to my health without too much extra effort. I came up with four different things and thought about implementing one each week, but decided to just jump right in and do all of them the whole month. So, here’s the plan:
Park far away: I don’t necessarily have to park at the FURTHEST parking spot, sometimes that can be ridiculously far, but just park at the edges of where everyone is parking. Don’t spend time looking for a close parking spot when I can easily find one toward the back and probably get into the store/work/gym even quicker than if I had parked close. Plus it will help me get in more steps for the day, which is kind of a big deal when you wear a fitness tracker 🙂
Drink lots of water: Our bodies are made up of about 60% water, and we all know that we need water to feel and function our best, but often the lure of things like a Diet Pepsi addiction get in the way of drinking as much as we should. The common advice lately is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water every day (so if you weigh 150lbs, you should drink 75oz of water per day). I’m just going to go ahead and round it up and drink a gallon of water per day.
Take the stairs: I work on the fifth floor of my office building, but rarely take the stairs. If I take the stairs every work day in November, I will have walked up the equivalent of the Empire State Building. That’s pretty cool! Plus, if I take the stairs when I come back from lunch, I could reach that goal even quicker, and be healthier for it.
Have good posture: I seriously have the worst posture lately, which is weird considering I used to dance ballet and was trained to stand up straight 24-7. Maybe I’m just making up for lost time. It’s one thing to relax and lounge on the couch while watching Netflix, but I sit at my desk all day slouching, and even notice that I’m slouching when I’m standing. If I keep this up I’ll have a hump back when I’m older! I’m sure this is part of the reason my back has been hurting more lately and my stomach sticks out a little more (when you have good posture you engage your core). I’m sure this will be one of the hardest to implement because it’s so unconscious, I will probably catch myself slouching many times per day, but hopefully after a week or two it will become second nature to have good posture.
I’ll update you guys along the way with how it’s going and if I notice any changes in how I feel. Who wants to do this with me??