CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO BOOST FITNESS UNTIL SPRING BEGINS
EARNED RUNS ANNUALLY PROMOTES A NUMBER OF SUMMER CHALLENGES. One of them is a “Summer Streak”. The challenge at first was to run at least one mile every day, then expanded to a run or walk streak, then morphed to a streak of ANY activity that could safely be performed daily, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the unofficial start and finish to this season.
I inadvertently started a walk streak last year on January 3, 2019. The weather forecast over the next several days had promised to deliver full sun, and possibly clear sunrises and beautiful sunsets. I walked twice a day to enjoy both. By January 7 that year, I had the beginnings of a streak and decided to continue as long as possible. On January 10, the idea of a formal Earned Runs streak materialized.
In 2020, starting a WINTER STREAK CHALLENGE again seems like it might be an appealing activity, particularly to those not interested in training for a spring race.
Why spend the cold winter months repeating the same activity day after day? Because the cold dark season may not offer much motivation to accomplish huge fitness goals, especially those involving the performance of outdoor exercise. And the gym is busier than ever at this time of year.
Combining these two observations, I think winter would be perfect time to lay down a challenge to adhere, either indoors, outside, or both sites, to an uncomplicated exercise program that doesn’t require a huge mental effort. Just get up every day and physically ‘do’ that one activity! Walk or run, or spend a set time on a stationary bicycle, elliptical machine rowing machine, or stair stepper. If swimming is your thing, get in the pool daily. Or promise yourself you’ll perform a mobility routine (myrtl’s) each day. If push-ups are intimidating, do a handful (5) each day. Consider a one 1-minute plank session. You get the idea…
Start today, or set January 19 or 20 as DAY 1 if advance arrangements are required, and end with the equinox, March 19 (the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere and fall in the southern hemisphere) in 2020.
If the rest of life is complicated for you now, consider choosing this simple, no-brainer, streak challenge for what remains of the winter season. At winter’s end, you’ll have accomplished at least one fitness goal if you stick with it.
RUN & MOVE HAPPY!
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. In 1978 I began participating in 10K road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health and longevity.
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