6 Week challenge; be stronger, healthier, happier

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Are you ready? The warmer weather is right around the corner, so there’s no better time to challenge ourselves to get out of the winter slump mentally and physically. Since motivating each other is why we’re all here, why not start the 6 week challenge; be stronger, healthier and happier starting right now?

We’re not recreating the wheel here, these are things we talk about all of the time. The only game rule is to commit to doing these six things six days per week, for the next six weeks. And then see if you can make this challenge stick to become a part of your lifestyle. So here we go!

Sleep

This doesn’t sound too difficult, right? Well, lack of sleep has become an epidemic and it’s time to make the effort to change that. Your goal is to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night because it’s essential to your mental and physical health.

Your body needs the time to balance out your hormones, repair cells and reset your brain. Want some help making it happen consistently? Use these 3 natural ways to get into sleep mode each night.

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Move

This can be as simple as committing to walk 20-minutes per day, that’s it! You can do this anywhere and anytime, just do it. And here’s a little secret, the hardest part about exercising is getting out the door. Once you have your sneakers on and start moving, you may keep going well past that 20-minute goal.

And if for some reason you don’t have that amount of time, break it up and do what you can in the morning, then finish up at night. There are no set rules other than making it happen everyday.

Hydrate

Dehydration is another health issue, but making the conscience effort to change that is the first step to success. We’ve also talked about water and hydration here at SHG quite a lot; learn how much water you should be drinking everyday here and make that your goal.

And if you still struggle to get your personal daily ounces in each day, consider the best way to stay hydrated with the world’s smartest water bottle. It will remind you to drink and help you get healthier.

Do good

Did you know that doing something nice for someone else will make you feel good? Giving yourself, in even the smallest ways, like holding a door open or taking care of your friend’s cat while she’s away, will improve your mental health.

In addition, when you show your giving side to those in your life, you’ll deepen relationships. Kindness is good for your health, here are 5 ways to practice everyday.

De-stress

Stress happens even when we do everything we can to control it, so it’s important to take pause everyday to de-stress. This isn’t complicated or time-consuming.

Take 5-10 minutes when you wake up or while getting into sleep mode to stretch, breathe, meditate, reflect on your day and remind yourself of what you’re grateful for in your life. Committing to this simple act everyday will heighten your overall well-being dramatically.

Eat whole

Keep your eating simple because that will keep it healthier. Your diet should center around healthy proteins, tons of vegetables and whole grains. We’ve pulled together the best of the best food and diet advice to guide you to stay on track for the next 6 weeks and beyond…

  1. 5 Food to eat for your best body inside and out
  2. 11 Ways to cook healthier food
  3. 3 Best belly foods to bust belly fat and get fit
  4. Lose weight; 9 best foods to keep you feeling full
  5. Top 14 foods for health and weight loss
  6. 6 Foods you’ll find in every healthy girl’s refrigerator
  7. Healthy foods that have almost zero calories


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