The shortest month of the year starts on Sunday. It’s also known as the coldest month and the month when winter starts to really wear on us. Instead of letting the negatives of February get to me, I decided to make the most of it by taking on some positive, personal challenges! I know that I’m going to commit to a 28 day fitness challenge, where I will either be taking a TDM (The Dailey Method) class or doing a cardio-based workout at my local gym every day, but I am still leaning towards coupling that with another challenge. I’ve been scouring the web for some other interesting challenges and will be making my decision by the end of the week. Most of the challenges I’ve found are for 30 days, which is why February is an easy month to start with: 2 less days to struggle through!
No Sugar Challenge: Could you cut ALL sugars and sweets for a whole month? I feel like this challenge is especially difficult given all the hidden sugars in foods we eat every day. Luckily, natural sugars are A-ok, so you can still enjoy fruit!
Beginner’s Squat Challenge: This one is pretty self-explanatory. Squats are one of the most simple and effective exercises out there. They require no equipment and although they are often regarded as “leg” exercises, they actually provide benefits throughout the body, especially within your core!
One Month Paleo: The paleo diet is definitely not a fad. A diet made up of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans, it consists mainly of meat, fish, vegetables and fruit, and excluding dairy and/or grain products and processed food. This one definitely takes some getting used to, but from what I’ve heard, it can bring you fantastic results. Plus, even though this is a healthy challenge, we have a Paleo Chocolate Chip recipe to help you curb some cravings!
Sobuary: This is the challenge I’m leaning towards taking on! After being inspired by Kaylee’s successful completion of one month with no alcohol, I think it’s something that will not only benefit my health, but also my wallet and productivity!
No Spend Challenge: Could you go one month without spending any money? Ok, maybe you’ll have to spend a little bit on the essentials, but could you go a month only spending on the bare minimums? Beside rent and bills, could you spend next to nothing? This challenge forces you to be prepared and not get stuck with the pitfall of spending money because you didn’t have time to prepare a lunch for work or don’t have the right ingredients to cook supper. It challenges you to make your coffee or tea at home instead of ducking into Starbucks. And it challenges you to fill your time with fun, free activities!
No-Mean Month: When I stumbled upon Sarah Miller’s article about not being mean for a month, I thought “I’m not mean – I could do that!” But when I read more, I realized just how often we turn to gossip and sarcasm to bond. And that’s not necessarily a good thing. If anything, this challenge could show you just how often negativity creeps into our day-to-day.
Disconnect Detox: In so many ways, technology is amazing (I mean, it lets you read inanutshell, right?) but we are also so dependant on it. We are constantly plugged in – right up to the moment we fall asleep and have our phone hit us in the face…tell me I’m not the only one who’s done that? Anyway, wouldn’t it be great to not check social media or work e-mails past a certain time each night? Maybe it would be best to leave your phone out of the bedroom altogether? Pick something that works with your lifestyle and enjoy the world around you instead of the one on your screen.