Post authored by Jessica Brantley, SVP Sales & Marketing at Hilton Head Health
After a few weeks of being pent up in Coronavirus quarantine, it’s safe to say that most of us could use a little creativity to prevent boredom from setting in. Because with boredom comes a lack of motivation, and well, we all know that comes with its own consequences. I’m on my fourth week working from home with my four children – ages 11, 9, 8 and 7 months – so in working through the challenge of preventing boredom for them with limited outlets, I thought, they’re not the only ones who need a different challenge to focus on. So, I’ve decided to share with you some ideas to keep your motivation fresh for continuing your path of wellness.
This past March, my son brought home a Dr. Seuss Reading Challenge – a way to help 2nd Graders look forward to reading by reading in different ways. Each day the reader was to pick a different box on the sheet – Read in the Bathtub, Read Standing Up, Read Upside Down, Read to a Stuffed Animal etc. The exercise not only helped my son accomplish his reading task for the day, but he also looked forward to it. Anytime you can take a goal and create an environment where you look forward to achieving the goal, your chances for success skyrocket.
So, in the spirit of Dr. Seuss, I’d encourage you to pick something off this list every day as a way to re-engage with some of these healthy habits. Have fun with it, and we’d love for you to share with our H3 community! Go to our Facebook page and post your accomplishments there! Another source of motivation as you see your fellow Hilton Head Health clan all joining in the fun.
The Healthy Habit Creativity Challenge
Working from home? Take 5, put on some fun music and have a dance party to lift your heart rate and your spirit!
Perform 10 squats in a place you’ve never done them before (kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, etc)
Do 5 Jumping Jacks every time you hear the word “Coronavirus” (for low-impact, jack on your left, then jack on your right). Record your total.
Every time you have an urge to snack, drink 8 oz. of water – report how many glasses you drank that day.
Beat COVID-19 workout – complete daily until your “Shelter At Home” order is lifted:
C – Circles with Arms (15 each way)
O- Overhead Press (15, add books or food cans for weight)
V- V-sit (15 each side, Reach toward opposite toes. *Can’t get on the floor? Sit in a chair and imagine your legs extended in a v-shape in front of you)
I – Isometric bridge (hold for 15-45 seconds, repeat 3x)
D – Downward Dog Stretch
1 – 1 Mile Walk (can always walk in place!)
9 – Squats (use a wall for support, or modify to 9 chair sits)
First thing in the morning, write 3 things you plan to do that day to benefit your health.
Cook a plant-based meal, a recipe you’ve not tried before.
Workout to Disney music (courtesy of Matt and David)
“Flatten the Curve” Plank Challenge: Perform a plank for as long as you can hold – try to add 10 seconds each day for a week.
Organize your pantry into Unwise Better Best and take a picture
Create a new workout playlist – share your songs with us, maybe they’ll make the trainers’ list!
Eat the rainbow! When planning your next grocery visit, list at least one fruit or vegetable for each color of the rainbow.
Start your free trial (if you haven’t already) of Hilton Head Health On Demand and tell us what workout you did first!
Self-massage – try your hands, shoulders, neck, or feet to relieve tension.
Mind-racing? Pick up a new book or try an App like Word Spark to channel your thoughts in a healthy direction.
Schedule a workout buddy – take turns choosing an exercise to perform. Complete your exercise before assigning the next one to your partner.
Got kids? Create a workout circuit for the entire family.
Take a picture of new healthy meals you are trying so you remember what you like
If you’re tired of watching the stock market up’s and down’s, try this 1-week Stock Market Challenge:
Increase your stock of fruits and vegetables by 10 pieces
Carb crash – eliminate processed carbs
New Investments – try a new meal element you’ve not prepared before – quinoa or farro, for example, are great whole-grain replacements for white rice.
Cash In – on all these healthy habits for an energy-filled week!
If you have more ideas on how to stay engaged with your healthy habits, we’d love to hear them! Let us know on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts!