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365 day Active Challenge

Written by Sara Theesen

Three hundred and sixty-five days.

 

Gone.

Three hundred and sixty-five workouts.

Completed. 

 I was inspired by Ashely, another fitness blogger from Coffee Cake and Cardio to complete 1 workout a day for 365 days.

A year ago, I took the leap of faith and decided to challenge myself to be active everyday for 365 days.

I did everything from yoga to competing in CrossFit competitions, to walking to rowing a half marathon! 

My only requirement was to be active for at least 15 minutes each day.

Easy right? Wrong. 

Many times I would get to the end of a busy day and think ‘gosh I haven’t even worked out and I’m ready for bed…’ and then I would precede to do body weight exercises next to my bed. 

Prior to this goal, I had injured my hip and knee and had used that as an excuse to not be as active as I could have been. My goal in taking on this challenge was to listen to my body, push myself when I could but also do active rest when my body was tired and worn out.

The commitment it took was draining at times but oh so worth it, now 365 days later. 

I finally finished what I started and I finished strong! 

I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end this challenge! The WOD (workout of the day) at CrossFit Archway was 365 reps with a 2014 meter row! Brutal but fun!

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Before this challenge I religiously took rest days, I looked forward to them. 

This challenge has completely changed my outlook on rest days, something I never thought was possible

I still feel like rest days are very, very important. However,  I no longer feel like on your rest days you have permission to be totally lazy. During this challenge I took active rest days. I really had to listen to my body and figure out what was best for it, for that day. On the days my body was worn out and I couldn’t fathom doing another CrossFit WOD or going for another run,  I walked, did yoga or found other light workouts that were more of recovery but still kept me active and moving. 

Will I take a complete rest day now that I have completed my challenge? 

 Yes a lazy rest day is definitely coming soon, just not sure when! I desperately need it but my body has to convince my brain its ok first 🙂 

And no I have no desire to make this a 730 day challenge 😉

Have you ever thought about challenging yourself to be active for 365 days? or even just 30? 

You can do anything you put your mind to, pick a challenge, commit and tell everyone around you about it. It will help you stay committed on the days you really want to quit! But most importantly believe in yourself, it will take you farther than you could ever imagine. 

 

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About the author

Sara Theesen

Sara has struggled with her weight her entire life. After losing over 100 pounds at 20 years old, she is on a quest to help others overcome their battles with weight. Sara is currently a student at UNK studying Health and PE K-12 with a minor in nutrition. She also is a certified CrossFit L1 CrossFit kids trainer at CrossFit Archway. You can follow her blog at http://fattofreedom.wordpress.com/ and follow her on Facebook at Fat to Freedom.