21-Day Challenge

by Anne Bennett on January 16, 2012

Last week Sally, my Jazzercise instructor, challenged us all to come to Jazzercise every day for 21-days, starting today.

At first I thought to myself, I can’t do that. My attendance at Jazzercise over the last few years has averaged about twice a week. I can’t come every single day, including Sundays, for three whole weeks. My muscles would ache (more than usual), my feet would swell,  my back would hurt and I’d die. I’d simply die.

At least, that’s what the slothful devil who lives inside of me was saying. The virtuous angel, the one who doesn’t eat junk food and doesn’t make excuses, said, You can DO it!

And so I signed up for Sally’s challenge and went to Jazzercise this morning, and I am hereby tossing out the challenge to you, wherever you are and however you choose to be active. Why not make a commitment to exercise daily for the next few weeks? What’s to stop you, besides your inner devil? It might be fun, and what’s more, it might just kickstart you into the regular habit of exercising!

And damn it, if I have to do it, I want some company to share my misery with!

For those of you who fear hurting themselves, here’s my plan: I’m going to alternate with heavier weights one day and lighter ones the next. Also, I’ll alternate high and low impact so that I don’t over-stress my muscles. See? We can DO this.

Please leave your comments if you choose to join me in making January your month of fitness and strength! Go Hungry Poodles!

Now, watch this youtube video and be prepared to be either amused or “weirded-out”, as a marijuana-smoking friend used to say in the 70’s. I was a bit of both.

The video was made for Panasonic during the 2004 Athens Olympics for reasons I cannot begin to understand. Notice that real poodle heads have been expertly superimposed on the human bodies. This may be an impossible question, but, what were they thinking?

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Casey January 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm

1. I commit to exercising for a minimum of 30 minutes per day for the next 21 days. We can do anything we want to do. We just have to want it badly enough. A wise lady once told me that I “have everything I need within me.” You know what? She was- and still is- correct. No problem- we’ve got this under control. =)
2, I have seen that damn exercising poodle video before and actually had nightmares about giant poodles in leotards for a week. HONEST!!! They would chase me, jump out from behind objects, and basically just torment me in these awful dreams. I’m NOT watching it again!

Lin January 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Joined a gym 2 weeks ago to spin. Can’t do that every day because it’s not offered every day but will committ to being intentionally active everday for 45 or more minutes. This is adding 2 days to my usual and am working on upping the intesity. Looking forward to reaching this goal on Feb. 5th. Thanks for the challenge.

Betsy January 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm

While it has been super easy with the gorgeous weather this month … I’ve made an honest effort to get out & walk my dog 4-5 times a week. The two of us have walked for at least a mile for 11 of the 15 days this month. In all of December? 11 days. I count that as a success!
It has made a huge effort in my weight loss and Minnie is a MUCH happier schnoodle 🙂
I use my RunKeeper app for those of you that want an easy way to track exercise. Watching the distance tick, tick, tick is strangely motivating for me.

Patty January 16, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I am sorry, Anne. I have to agree with Casey. That poodle video is just wrong. Terribly, terribly wrong.
However…your post had me at the word “challenge”. I accept, and I plan to walk for 45 minutes each day. Briskly. I needed this kickstart. I have not returned to daily exercise since “the back” nightmare, so I will need to start slowly. But, it is time. Past time. Thank you for the motivation!

Mj January 16, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I will do the challenge with you

Mj January 16, 2012 at 10:00 pm

My post was cut off??? But you see the important part of it. I don’t know what happened. Maybe it was cut off because I added an emoticon at the end of the first sentence.

I said I’d commit to 30 minutes a day building up to an hour.

Good luck everyone! Here’s to a new habit!

Robin Clarke January 18, 2012 at 10:52 am

Awesome Anne! I’m with you on this!

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