Shalom, all. We’re only two weeks away from a new year! How crazy is that? It has been an amazing year of intention, and I am already thinking of what we will be doing for this next year. But for this week, we are going to be intentional about balancing our spiritual fitness with our physical fitness. I don’t know about anyone else, but I want to take care of my body as best I can, so that I can do all the things Hashem has called me to do. Over the last year and a half I have lost a little over 30 lbs. and kept it off. Baruch Hashem! But I have been noticing that my muscles in certain areas are weaker than I would like, so this week I’m gonna get moving, and want to encourage everyone else to join me in a 30-day grace filled exercise challenge. This challenge is not like other challenges, because it does not require you to exercise everyday. This is a go-at-your-own-pace challenge; the goal is to find what you love and get your body moving. This can be anything. Stretching (such as pilates or yoga), dancing, walking, jogging, aerobics class, or weight training.
Above all else, and I want to make this clear, it is okay if you don’t “move” everyday. I don’t want anyone feeling guilty, or like they are failures just because they don’t do this challenge in 30 consecutive days. We’re all busy, and sometimes we just don’t have the time to exercise. In fact, if you feel your chores count as movement for a day, I want you to write that in your box and count it as a day of achievement.
There is no time limit on the 30 days, in other words, you can take 60, 90, or more days to complete this challenge, and I am providing a chart that you can print out and keep track of what you did, so you can have something to look at and see what you have accomplished. I’ve also included a place to record Scripture you read on the days you exercise. After all, we are trying to find balance between both the spiritual and the physical.
Note: I did not add dates to the chart, because I thought that might bring in a guilt factor–which we do not want. (The box to the right of the day is to give yourself a big, beautiful check mark!) Feel free to add dates to the side bars if you want to keep track of that information.
May you all have a “moving” week,