The First Day of the Rest of Your Life

by Sarah on January 3rd, 2016

The 2016 Healthy Lifestyle Challenge begins today at Arena Ready, and you're in for a real treat.  These challenges push you to finally make that adjustment to your lifestyle you've been putting off for whatever reason, and give you an opportunity to commiserate with friends.  If you haven't done this style of challenge before, make sure to find a more experienced AR buddy to help you overcome any cravings that may tempt you to terminate the mission.

As you approach these challenges, a final reminder to please select only those that will enhance your lifestyle.  Using myself as an example of the thought process we're trying to encourage, deep down, I know that caffeine is the best thing I can possibly drink each day (and I drink it in moderation), so I really don't think I need to (or should) join the caffeine challenge.  I also know that the holidays have provided a few too many festive occasions, and I can tell that even the occasional alcoholic beverage inhibits my sleep quality and recovery, thus hindering my performance, and really has no place in my life right now, so I'll be entering the no booze challenge for the month.  I want to use the challenge to inspire a change I've been wanting to make anyway.  We hope you'll do the same, and if you're already perfectly satisfied with your own lifestyle, please feel free to join the fun by encouraging those participating.

We're going to change up the display for the challenges this year because I got tired of spending a full day drawing not-so-straight lines on poster board.  This year, each person will have their own page (and a keepsake with pretty stickers to take home once the challenge has concluded!).  Rob and I have provided an example of our entries (see picture above, and the actual pages posted on the wall in the gym) in case it's confusing to anyone.  Write your name across the top, and use a sticker to select each challenge you plan to join.  If you're really into it, you can even create a key in case you miss water for a day, but stick to no sugar.  If you don't care about the key (Rob says shame on you for your lack of attention to detail, haha), you'll just use a sticker per challenge you stick with for each day (three challenges = up to three stickers per day). [Editor's Note: the pages will be available at the gym starting Monday during the afternoon/evening classes. Sorry morning peeps and nooners - Sarah's hanger prevented us from dropping off the pages at the gym on Sunday night! You can still retroactively update your page once you get it.] 

Good luck and have fun!  Let us know how we can help.

WOD for 01-04-16:

Power Snatch + Squat Snatch:
5 Sets of (1+1)
Climbing

-then-

For Time @ 115/75 lbs:
30 Power Snatches 
30 Power Clean & Push Jerks
30 Thrusters


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