February 20, 2019

Hosting a Family Health and Fitness Challenge

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Tips for hosting a successful family health and fitness challenge! 

It is so easy to be inactive in the winter months. Here in Michigan, it is freezing and literally will be in the negative temperatures next week. I wanted to share this family health and fitness challenge that my family did/is doing in order to stay motivated and be accountable, mostly for fitness. I decided to include the dogs in this month-long challenge to keep them active and healthy as well.

What we did: we chose a month where everyone in the family had to exercise for at least thirty minutes each day and text in what exercise they did. I love to exercise and currently run two days a week and walk most of the other days with some strength training here and there. I am pregnant with my third baby and on some freezing days, find it hard to be motivated to exercise.

Family exercise of the day: playing in the snow and taking a snowy walk!

Tips for Hosting a Successful Health and Fitness Challenge:

-Make specific goals for yourself- for example, exercise 30 minutes a day.
-Have friends/family to do the challenge with you to help keep you accountable
-Have a specific time frame for the challenge (such as 30 days)
-Have a prize for the winner at the end if that helps motivate you
-At the end, have a healthy meal together at a restaurant or at someone's house
-Choose goals that are attainable and that help your overall health, not for weight loss
-Every little bit counts- in our challenge, someone who exercises for an hour a day doesn't get more credit than someone who does 30 minutes. It is all about reaching personal goals and getting active, not competitive.

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My two dachshunds are perfectly content with being burrowed under a blanket or sitting over the heat vent when it is blowing out heat. They are LAZY and would be totally okay doing nothing. Jaxen does love to go on walks but he's not exactly dying to get outside when it is 15 degrees out. I decided to include the dogs in our "challenge" to keep them active and healthy. I don't take them on walks every day but some of the days that we make it outside, I take them with us. They have to wear their coats because they are only 11 and 14 pounds and are so low to the ground and snow. Along with exercising, we took a challenge where they got to enjoy this dog food. Keep reading for more info!

This challenge went really well for me! I only "missed" one day of exercise and that day, I did a ton of errands all around town with the kids so I'm still counting that because I did a ton of walking, lifting groceries, wrangling the kids and more. My family did really well too but for some of them, sickness got in the way making it hard for them to complete some of the days.

I made it a personal challenge for myself to complete 100 miles that month. This included walking and running. I am very excited because I completed this goal thanks to my dad keeping me accountable since we run together and my treadmill for the cold, rainy or snowy days when I could not get outside. Let's just say that I'm looking forward to the freezing temps going away and can't wait until it is at least 50 degrees out and it doesn't take 20 minutes to layer the kids in their winter gear.

Along with exercising, we have been making sure to include healthy food in our diets, especially this time of year when there are so many colds and sickness. We are doing lots of Greek yogurt, fresh fruits and vegetables, beans and more. For a boost of vitamin C, we are focusing on lots of citrus fruits and bell peppers.

For the dogs, we are feeding them the Purina ONE® dry dog food from Walmart to keep them healthy and to help with some issues they have. Since we were already doing the fitness challenge, I decided to do the Purina ONE 28-Day Challenge to go along with it where you can see visible differences in your pet in 28 days.

To start the challenge, I picked up Purina ONE® True Instinct Turkey and Venison dog food at Walmart. The reason that I chose this food was because my husband, dad and brother are deer hunters and I know that my dogs LOVE venison so I thought it would be great to buy them dog food with venison in it. I like that meat is the number one ingredient in this food.

Some results that you can see from switching to Purina ONE® is more excitement around mealtime since dogs tend to love this food. You may see extra energy in your dog after day 7. The food has high digestibility where their bodies can absorb the nutrients more. You may also see more sparkling eyes, healthier skin, radiant coat, strong teeth, healthy gums, heart and joints. 

Jaxen has issues with his teeth and gums so the strong teeth aspect was important to me. Ava has skin issues and this food helps with healthy skin and coat with the addition of omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. The dogs love the food and gobble it right up so that is a win for us! Along with more exercise, this nutritious food is working well for my dogs.

Take your pet from “good” to “great”! With Purina ONE®, you could see visible differences in just 28 days—like strong teeth, vibrant energy, sparkling eyes, and a radiant coat. Make the switch today and save on Purina ONE® when you register for the 28-Day Challenge at www.walmart.com/purinaoneWhat differences will you see? Visit your local Walmart to redeem your offer and realize your pet’s potential*.

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I highly recommend trying a family health and fitness challenge to help keep you motivated and accountable! It worked for me this month and helped keep my family and dog's our healthiest.

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