12 Day Challenge: Countdown to a Healthy New Year

By |2018-12-26T15:09:08+00:00December 18th, 2018|

We all know that January is the time for New Year’s Resolutions, but why wait? Give yourself the gift of health this year and try out our “Countdown to a Healthy New Year” challenge! These 12 simple exercises will help you set the stage for good habits in 2019. Plus, you’re guaranteed to feel better throughout the holiday season!

Day 12: Meditate

The holiday hustle and bustle can get overwhelming, so take at least 10 minutes to read, journal, or meditate today. For help, check out our “Mindfulness with Blair” class in the VHP media library!

Day 11: Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated helps your body function properly and prevents dehydration. Most people require approximately 64-80 ounces of water daily (that’s about 2-2.5 liters). Consume at least 64 ounces of fluid today- try fruit-infused water, flavored unsweetened seltzers, and even low-sodium soups or decaffeinated teas.

Day 10: Add Some Color to Your Plate

Add at least one colorful fruit or vegetable to your plate today. Remember, a colorful plate is a healthy plate!

Day 9: Go for a Walk

Walking is one of the best ways to strengthen your heart and tame stress. Walk for at least 15 minutes today. P.S. Walking outdoors has been proven to elevate mood!

Day 8: Stretch

Take at least 5 minutes to stretch and relieve some holiday tension. Find a quiet place and stretch out tight areas or follow one of the stretching routines in the VHPGO media library.

Day 7: Make a List and Check it Twice

The benefits of gratitude include better sleep, healthier relationships, and higher self-esteem, just to name a few. Make a list of all the things you are thankful for this year!

Day 6: Accept the Challenge

Today you get to choose your own challenge. Perform 25 repetitions of one of the following exercises: pushups, squats, or sit-ups.

Day 5: Replace Your Fluids

Replace at least one sugary or caffeinated beverage with fresh water. You can even add some fresh herbs or fruit for extra flavor. (Hint: Mint is a seasonal and delicious addition to water!)

Day 4: Try Yoga

Practicing yoga has many benefits, including improved endurance, mobility, and stress relief. Try yoga by visiting a local yoga studio or streaming a class from the VHPGO media library.

Day 3: Take 20 Minutes to Move

Exercise for at least 20 minutes today. Some great workout options include walking, swimming, strength training, or playing a sport of your choice.

Day 2: Experiment with New Flavors

The year is coming to a close and it’s time to expand your palate. Try at least one new fruit or vegetable today.  

Day 1: Try a New Exercise

A fresh year is the best time to try new things, so experiment with a new workout. Check out our media library for some exciting options!

Remember, VHP is here to help you stay healthy in 2019. Download the VHPGO app for access to health experts, live classes, and on-demand workouts delivered directly to your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

About the Author:

As a former overweight teenager, Meghan discovered the transformative power of good nutrition and exercise. In a quest to help others transform their lives, Meghan earned an MS in Applied Nutrition from Northeastern University and a dual-certification from the American Council on Exercise in personal training and group fitness instruction. In addition to writing, Meghan teaches virtual fitness classes and provides 1-on-1 training sessions via VHPGO. Meghan resides in Charlottesville, VA and loves spending time with her husband, infant daughter, and toy poodle.