2014 New Year, New You Challenge: Week 3
Welcome to 2014! Here's to a new year and a fresh resolve to set yourself up for long-term success. Hint: It's easier than you think.
With its cold weather and post-holiday anticlimax (not to mention uncomfortably snug pants), January is not the kindest month. Why, then, do so many of us also spend the first few weeks beating ourselves up about what we ate and drank in December? Right here and now, we are officially declaring the holidays Behind Us, and are ready to help you focus on your goals for 2014. Whether you’re new to Weight Watchers, or simply looking for help you recommitting or sticking to the Plan, we’ll help you succeed.
Your goal might be a sizeable one, or it might be just a few pounds away. Whichever camp you fall into, contemplating a whole year stretched ahead of you can feel overwhelming. Instead of worrying about the next 12 months, take our Challenge to get a far more manageable set of activities, ideas and motivation. Read the articles over the next four weeks, and head to the Community to participate in the Challenge with others looking to start the year off right.
This week’s task is to move more. So, whatever your current activity level is, add five minutes a day. It’s as simple as that. If you’re not exercising yet, have a little fun and dance around your bedroom with music in your earphones. For the more self-conscious, a walk around the block is a great way to start. Five minutes is all we're asking yet, of course, your five-minute walk around the block might well turn into 10, 15 or even 30 minutes if the mood takes you. (Remember to talk to your doctor before setting out on any new exercise plan.)
And if you’re already active, you can either use those five minutes to extend your workout, or try something completely different — five minutes on the rowing machine might use muscles that your step class overlooked! If you’ve taken a class at the gym that has a fixed start and end time, then do a quick five minutes on the elliptical afterwards. Better yet, instead of just standing around in line waiting for the class to start, look down upon your classmates from the vantage point of an exercise bike, knowing you’re getting a far better warm-up than they are.
Either way, grab the opportunity to try something new — it’s only five minutes of your life. Be sure to come back next week for your week 4 task!