I'm partnering up with Erica over at Loyal RUN this month to bring you this great fitness challenge. I find it so much easier to accomplish my goals when I have someone who can push me to do my best and to talk to when I feel like giving up. I can always count on Erica to say the right things to me.
In March, I participated in the 30 Miles in March challenge she was doing, and not only did I meet my goal, I went beyond the 30 miles as well. Having that goal in the back of my mind each time I ran, motivated me to always try hard. There were some days that I just didn't want to run, but I hopped up on that treadmill and pounded out the miles anyways. Afterwards, I was always glad I didn't back out.
Now that the weather is starting to become warmer (in some areas), getting outside is on the top of my list of things I want to do. There are few things better than getting outside to breath the fresh air and getting that body moving to elevate your heart rate. Not only is it great to get outside for the fresh air, even just a few minutes in the sun allows your body to absorb Vitamin D. If you ever feel tired and depressed, especially in the winter months, you might be lacking Vitamin D.
The April Fitness Challenge is to spend 5 hours outside being active. Whether you are running, riding a bike, playing soccer with your kids, shooting hoops with some friends, or just taking a walk with your family, get out there and move with intention.
Accept this challenge as a way to get yourself motivated to start working out, or in addition to the workout routine you already have. I run on the treadmill in the morning, but it's going to be a beautiful week here in NC this week, so it will be the perfect opportunity to take the kids to the park as well. What a difference just being outside in the sun can make!
And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. - Genesis 1:3-4
Be sure to head over to Loyal RUN for some tips about sunscreen before you head outside!
And don't forget to share photos and use the hashtag #stepoutmoveabout on Instagram to stay connected with everyone who participates.