My daughter’s hockey team has a bit of a lay off during December. There are only a few practices this month, and no games. While it’s important for the kids to relax and enjoy the holidays off, her coach wanted to keep the girls engaged until things pick back up. He created a “50 Puck Challenge” for the girls to participate in over the holiday break. The girls are to take a minimum of 50 shots per day, and log them on a Google Sheets document. There will be a pizza party if everyone participates, with a special prize for whoever gets the most shots.
It’s a great idea! It’s not too much to ask of them during the break, but it keeps them engaged. There’s even a little bit of healthy competition going on.
Inspiration can come from all around you. All you have to do is be open to it. And, this little 50 Puck Challenge got me thinking: “What is one small task you can do every day for a whole month, that will keep you motivated throughout the Christmas holiday?”
It is so easy to let the stress of the holidays interfere with you health and fitness. There’s so much good food available! So many parties, get togethers, and celebrations. Then you have to decorate the house, shop for presents, wrap the gifts, cook the Christmas ham, and it all piles up. Before you know it, you’ve gained 6 or 7 pounds over the holidays! Who wants that?!
So, what is one small daily task that will be meaningful to your health and wellness while not being overwhelming at the same time?
Here’s some quick ideas:
- 50 Push Ups
- 50 Burpees
- 50 Squats
- 100 Abs (any ab exercise)
- Schedule your workouts and meal plans
- Get 6,000 steps
- Get 10,000 steps
- Get 10 servings of fiber
- Drink 1/2 your bodyweight in water
- Read 10 pages
- Get 10 minutes of peace and calm
- Get 10 minutes of fresh air and sunshine
Whatever your small task is, make a 30 day plan to crush that goal. Put it in a daily notebook or create a Google Doc like my daughter’s coach did. Make it easy to track, and fun to do. You’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish with small steps.
“Small Hinges swing Large Doors”.