Back at the start of June I decided to give myself a little challenge to try and motivate me to get out and about a bit more. Since leaving Boots in March it has been an incredible couple of months filled with adventures (both business and pleasure) and although I have been happier than ever where work life is concerned I was starting to slip again when it came to my health and fitness. So... I set myself this little goal...
Whether I walk, cycle or run, I have set myself the challenge to do at least 5km every day throughout June and July. With this year being the whirlwind it has been so far I have found myself neglecting exercise and have noticed the difference in many ways. So this is my way of giving myself a kick up the bum!
And with that came the daily updates on Instagram, using my very own hashtag #HelloSunshine5kaday. You can see all of the photos of my little challenge so far either on my Instagram feed day to day (@sunshine_jo) or in one place by clicking on the hashtag in one of the photos or if your on a computer, here: https://instagram.com/explore/tags/hellosunshine5kaday/
I'm over half way through my little #HelloSunshine5kaDay challenge now and with the exception of a few days I'm pretty happy with my progress. I realise that 5km might not seem much to others but it's doing something every day (walk/run/cycle/yoga) that's the real challenge for me. Since leaving the day job I have realised how much that commute (small as it may have been) actually got me moving as I would cycle or walk every day. When you work from home, as much of an absolute dream it can be, some days I found myself not leaving the house at all and I was feeling the consequences in more ways than one.
By setting myself this little challenge I have found that even just making the effort to be aware of how much I'm moving each day, whether it's making time for a run, a bit of youtube yoga each morning or taking the long walk to the post office, it has helped SO much. The fact I can also track it and look back at lovely pictures and supportive comments on Instagram makes it a pleasure too!
So I guess that's the down low and here's to another month of #HelloSunshine5kaday updates! If my little challenge helps inspire you to get out and about more each day too I'd love to know. It's great hearing about how other people motivate themselves and what they find helps keep them fit and healthy.
And who knows, maybe this is a challenge I'm going to keep up for many more months past July too as I feel SO MUCH better for getting out there and am starting to feel a lot more like me again! YAY!