July Health & Fitness Challenge
First things first...if you're on Facebook, add the Ultra Health and Wellness: Fitness Challenges group! We will be posting daily challenges as well as the monthly challenges!
1) 30 Day Paleo Diet Challenge
Last July, I decided to do a 30-Day Vegan Challenge. It was successful (sort of), but I decided that completely removing meat from my diet wasn't for me, and I did a terrible job at eating enough plant protein. What I did learn though was that I feel best when I eat a largely plant-based diet, so this July I'm going to do a 30-day Paleo challenge. For those of you who aren't familiar with what a Paleo diet entails, it's basically the "Caveman" diet consisting of lean meat, veggies, fruits, nuts and some grains; no dairy or gluten. Pretty much what people could either hunt for or forage for back in the day. For the past few months I've tried to eat healthy but more or less just ate whatever I wanted. While this is fine and dandy, I really believe that both my racing and overall health will improve from a consistently clean and balanced diet.
My favorite new water-bottle. Stores your protein powder and vitamins in separate compartments! This will help me manage my protein intake :) Right now I'm using a Vegan protein powder called Vega-One. It's high in protein and has a ton of plant-based nutrients. I may not be Vegan, but I definitely love this stuff more than regular protein powder, which to be honest, freaks me out.
2) 30 Day GymPact Challenge
I've also started to realize the importance of cross-training. I spend so much time running that I forget that there are other activities that will both benefit my running and improve my physical capabilities. So for the month of July I am using the app GymPact that I described in my previous post. I am committing to 3 gym work-outs a week, for the entire month of July. If you've struggled going to the gym in the past, I suggest downloading the app and make some fitness goals!
You can also sync the GymPact app with the RunKeeper app. You can choose to run instead of go to the gym as your month-long challenge. I'm going to be going to the gym 3 times a week in addition to my normal running routine.
3) 30 Day Plank Challenge
Lastly, at this point it's probably obvious that I'm a big fan of month-long challenges, so I got the idea that my friends and I should do a plank challenge. For thirty days, we will all practice our planking (haha) as best we can, and at the end of the month, whoever gets the longest time wins. Also being a fan of a little money-incentive, we are each putting in $15. Whoever wins gets the moolah. Pretty motivating, no? If you want to join in on the plank challenge, get at least 3 or more friends in on it (at relatively similar fitness levels, otherwise it's totes not fair), and send each other screen shots of your times at the end of every day. It's pretty fun and very motivating!
This is an example of my first screen shot for the plank challenge. I used an app to add the writing, but you get the jist :)
May the force be with you all :)