The holidays are approaching, which means it's party season. Tempting appetizers, drinks and a slew of activities can put a damper on all of the work you've done throughout the year toward your fitness and health. Once again, we bring you our annual Healthy Holiday Challenge. Simple and sustainable healthy behaviors are key during this hectic month. Choose what lifestyle habit you want to work on each week and keep us posted on your progress. Our goal is to help you maintain your weight and keep you accountable during this busy, festive season — all while having some fun. And since they were so popular last year, once again we'll be featuring #healthyselfies and additional prize opportunities!
This year’s challenge runs Mondays through Saturdays, Dec. 2-28. All are welcome to join; Moms on the Run membership not required. A $5 registration fee will go toward our partner charity, Feed My Starving Children, which provides meals for hungry kids around the world. For $5, you will provide a meal to 20 kids!
Two lucky winners determined by a drawing at the end of the challenge will each claim a $100 merchandise package from our online store. One will go to a participant who met all weekly goals, and one will go to all participants who checked in. Additional prizes will be given out on facebook weekly, for both checking in with your goals as well as participating in the #healthyselfie fun!
How Do I Participate?
It's easy! Click here to go to the special Healthy Holiday Challenge page on our website and see the details.
Remember, watch for our Healthy Holiday Challenge (HHC) post to the National Facebook page every Sunday in December and comment by Monday with your results from the previous week and your upcoming week's goal. And watch for our #healthyselfie challenge randomly throughout December.
Here is a quick run-down of the categories:
Healthy Lifestyle Categories: Choose your Challenge!
Choose a new goal each week in any of the following seven categories. (The following sample goals are intended as examples only.) Be honest with where you are currently at and give yourself a challenge! Optional: Post a checkmark or strength emoji if you met your goals but do not want to post them publicly. This challenge will be on the honor system.
Category #1: Nutrition (Veggies, Fruits, Healthy Fats, Less Sugar)
Eat a greens salad for lunch every day.
Category #2: Hydration
Keep a 24-oz. water bottle at desk to drink throughout the day, refilling at least twice.
Category #3: Sleep
Go to bed by 10:30 p.m.
Category #4: Exercise (Strength, Cardio, Stretching)
Do 3 strength training sessions of at least 20 minutes each.
Category #5: Daily Physical Activity
Get up from desk once every hour to walk the nearby flight of stairs.
Category #6: Relaxation/Stress Management
Read a book for 15 minutes before bed every night.
Category #7: Self-care
Do foam rolling for calves, quads and IT bands at least 5 minutes every other day.
*If you are underweight or pregnant and it is medically recommended for you to gain weight, you may still earn the extra bonus goal if your weight goes up as it should.
Must be 18 or older and a U.S. resident to register. Children are welcome to participate alongside you for fun!