Ready to build some new healthy habits?
Would you like support, encouragement, and accountability as you develop consistency in moving your body regularly?
Consider this your official invitation to join the Working Mom’s Balance Move Your Body Streak Challenge! (#moveyourbodystreak)
*It’s completely free!*
When is the Move Your Body Streak Challenge?
We officially start on Tuesday, May 25th, 2021. The full challenge will run for 41 days until the 4th of July. Start with us on day 1 for the full challenge or jump in when you can and finish strong.
What do I do?
Pick an exercise to do every day.
Pick one exercise (or type of exercise) and an amount, distance, or time limit to commit to doing every single day for the duration of the challenge. For example, I run at least one mile every single day. Some days I run just one mile, some days I run more, but never less. Pick one thing you can do every single day to help you build healthy habits and consistency.
This streak challenge is in celebration of the 6th year anniversary of my personal run streak. I’ve been running at least one mile every single day since May 25th, 2015.
Since running is not something that everyone loves, for this challenge, you get to choose how you move your body. You can go along with the original streak idea and run a mile a day or come up with a way to move your body every day that better aligns with your interests and ability. I have many friends who do run/walk streaks so they can walk a mile on days when their body isn’t up to running. You could pick a certain number of pushups or burpees to do each day. Maybe you decide you’ll hold a plank for a certain number of minutes. You could practice yoga for a certain number of minutes each day. The choice is entirely up to you.
Complete that exercise every day until the 4th of July.
The main rule is that you have to move your body in the way that you choose each day for the duration of the challenge. It’s most fun and simplest if it’s the same thing each day, but this is your streak, you make it work for you. Pick the exercise, the time, or amount, and then commit to doing that one thing each day.
The key to picking the exercise you will do is that you want to make it simple enough that you know you can still do it on your busiest and hardest days. It takes me 10-12 minutes to run a mile around my neighborhood block. I know that I can always fit this in and can even do it when I’m feeling ill (though I might be slower). Your goal should typically be something that you can complete in 15 minutes or less. You can always do more, but you cannot do less.
You also want to make your goal challenging for you so that you do have to go outside of your comfort zone a bit. Growth doesn’t come if we never allow ourselves to get uncomfortable. Doing the same thing every single day is a pretty challenging goal in and of itself though, so don’t try to make things harder than they need to be.
What about rest days?
Make your goal small enough that you can complete the exercise, even on your rest day. Running around the block for 10 minutes does not ruin a rest day for me. In fact, it usually provides just enough movement of my body to relieve sore muscles the day after a long run or a hard workout.
We aren’t taking any days off in this challenge. You do your exercise every day for 41 days straight. That is the entire point. Choose wisely.
How do I join the Move Your Body Streak Challenge?
The #moveyourbodystreak challenge is completely free and open to anyone. This challenge will happen entirely on Instagram. Follow @tracykulwicki on Instagram and the hashtag #moveyourbodystreak to join in the fun. I will be posting regularly with my own movement updates, inspiration, encouragement, and post prompts you can use to share your experience. The point is to join with others on this journey to find encouragement, accountability, and camaraderie as we move through the challenge.
Choose the way you will move your body during the streak. Post as often as you’d like, using the #moveyourbodystreak hashtag (and tagging me, @tracykulwicki) to share your experience. We want to see how you’re moving your body and to hear about the highs and lows you face on this journey. Sharing the experience together will help motivate everyone to keep going. Be sure to like, comment, and share posts from others to encourage them along the way.
Note – Most of my Instagram posts are auto-shared to my Facebook page. If you’re not on Instagram you can also participate in the challenge on Facebook by using the #moveyourbodystreak hashtag and tagging Working Mom’s Balance on Facebook. This challenge is not sponsored, endorsed, or in any way affiliated with Instagram or Facebook.
What’s in it for me?
It’s been a rough year for everyone. Being stuck at home, working from home, stress, closed gyms, and lack of social connection and accountability means that many people have dropped healthy habits and picked up a lot of unhealthy ones. This challenge is all about developing the habit of moving your body every single day. We make it simple to get you started. It’s less than 15 minutes a day. But that 15 minutes adds up and can be built upon.
You get support, encouragement, and accountability as you begin to develop the healthy habit of moving your body every single day as we move into summer and life begins to get somewhat back to normal.
And, maybe there’ll be a drawing for a prize or two at the end of the streak selected from the participants who use the hashtag.
What if I miss a day?
Don’t miss a day. It’s a streak. Commit to every single day.
However, I know life happens. The goal is to build a habit, not beat ourselves up or feel like a failure. So, if you miss a day or join the party late, tomorrow is always a new day and a fresh chance to start again. It’s fun to have a super long streak where you never miss a day, but the ultimate goal is to move your body as many days as possible. Don’t give up just because you miss a day. Keep showing up and doing your best.
Where do I find out more about this streaking thing?
Streak Runners International – the official website for the streak runners organization