I’ll be the first to admit that I struggle with my nutrition…and stretching, I really should stretch more...I should also drink more water - that’s supposed to be good for you, right?
Basically what I’m saying is that I’m far from the perfect athlete (exercise is definitely not the only aspect of being athletic), but I always strive to be better. Making any step in that direction requires a LOT of willpower and self discipline, while gradually become less healthy seems to happen effortlessly, like entropy. Here’s a tool that I have found very helpful: The Whole Life Challenge.
What is it?
The Whole Life Challenge is an online, points-based game that is designed to build healthy habits. It’s set up like a social media platform, so there’s a strong community aspect as well. The support from your team members coupled with penalty of losing points makes for motivation.
How it works.
At the beginning of the game, you set up your profile and take “before” measurements and do a timed workout. These numbers can be private or visible to your team. You chose a difficulty level based on nutrition. Kickstart is the easiest, Performance is the most strict, and Lifestyle is Goldilock’s level choice.
Once the challenge begins, you start (hopefully) complying with the rules and logging your score each night. A perfect day with full points gives you:
- 5 points for nutrition
- 2 points for exercise (this can be active recovery)
- 1 point for stretching
- 1 point for drinking enough water
- 1 for taking a supplement (you choice - could be vitamen D drops or BCAAs, for example)
- 1 point for writing a reflection for the day.
There is also 1 point daily for completing the Lifestyle Challenge which changes weekly. Past examples of Lifestyle Challenges are eating veggies with every meal, decluttering daily, and sleeping minimum 8 hours.
If you eat something that's not compliant with your nutrition level, subtract a nutrition point for that day. If you forget to stretch, you miss your stretching point for the day and so on and so forth.
At the end of the challenge everyone takes “after” measurements and completes the same timed workout from the start of the challenge.
Sign Up with Me :)
I’ve completed 2 challenges so far and I’m registered for my third. Come try it with me! The early registration discount ends September 5, and all registration ends Sept 18. Team CircoFit welcomes all circus and non-circus folk for this fun 8 week challenge. The more the merrier.