Happy Monday friends. I’m excited to hear about everyone’s goals for 2018 today. For those of you who may be new to the JAKWellness12 you can read about it here. Last week’s challenge was to write down your goals for 2018 (you can see mine here). I mentioned yesterday on Instagram stories that every week when you comment on Monday’s blog post with your progress from the previous week’s challenge I’m going to add your name to a spreadsheet. At the end of the year I am going to do a massive giveaway for everyone who participated (I’ll pick a few winners). So every Monday that you comment with your progress, you get an entry. I hope this encourages everyone to participate throughout the year. I’m also going to do a giveaway each month, again all you have to do is comment every Monday on the Wellness Challenge post and I’ll pick a winner at the end of each month.
As I shared last week, this month’s theme is physical so I recruited my friend Chinae Alexander to answer some of your most asked questions about staying motivated, working out at home, favorite fitness apps and more. I met Chinae this past summer when I went to NYC with Fresh Beauty. She quickly became one of my absolute favorite people to follow on Instagram because of her no BS attitude and ability to cut through the noise of social media to talk about real issues. She’s also really friggin funny. Before we get into my interview with Chinae, here is this week’s challenge/goal.
Week 2 Challenge: 30 minutes of physical activity every day and try one thing that’s new to you.
Remember the goal of this yearly wellness challenge is to set realistic goals that are achievable. So this week get moving. I wrote down some suggestions to get you started but ultimately the goal is to get 30 minutes of physical activity every day AND try one activity that’s new to you. That could be a barre class, a yoga class at a new studio, spinning, even trying a class at home streaming on your Apple TV.
-Take a class (I love barre, cycling, pilates and yoga).
-Go for a brisk walk on your lunch break, leave the phone or put it on silent so you’re focused on the exercise.
-Go for a bike ride (obviously only for our warm weather friends, those of us in the frozen tundra probably not)
-Try an at home workout (see Chinae’s suggestions below)
-Stretch at home when you wake up or before bed.
-Ski, snowshoe, cross country ski, etc. Craig and I got cross country skis for Christmas and it is an INSANE workout. This set from L.L. Bean is awesome.