Finding someone who wants to change at the beginning of the year isn’t a hard thing to do. In fact, there’s a good chance that you may know more people who did set new year resolutions than those who didn’t. The difficult thing, it seems, is picking a habit to adopt and honoring that commitment. Studies show that most people abandon their new year resolutions by February. That’s barely making it 08% of the way. The Y understands the difficulty, which is why we’ve come up with the 2021 Reset Challenge! This challenge includes a different challenge every week and steps on how to complete them.
Week 1 – Reset
Your journey begins with something simple and light. In your first week, aim to do at least 150 minutes of exercise. This exercise doesn’t have to be anything super intense or backbreaking. Chances are, you already have the time, you just have to get creative with reaching the goal. If you are someone who likes to binge-watch streaming services now and then, try going on a walk during this time. You don’t even have to stop watching either. You can walk on the treadmill while watching a show or listen to a podcast while walking outside. Whether you want to walk or run, swim or climb, it all helps! Any activity that gets you up and moving benefits your health.
Week 2 – Refresh
The next challenge after getting the fitness journey started is to tackle a weekend of clean eating. While this tends to be difficult for most people regardless of where they are at with their fitness journeys, it can be simpler if the right approach is adopted. Instead of focusing on the things you shouldn’t eat, try focusing on the things that provide the maximum nutrition and benefits to your body.
Week 3 – Reconnect
As we approach the third week, we are going to try and focus on developing the connections we already have. Further developing these connections allows us to have greater bonds with our loved ones and see how they have been doing during unprecedented times. This reconnect can happen through a visit, zoom call, or regular phone call.
Week 4 – Replay
As adults, many people put aside their personal interests or hobbies. We are here to say that it doesn’t have to be this way! Going into the fourth week, find times during the week to set aside so you can do something you love. This can include video games, reading a book, spending family time together, whatever you think is fun!
Week 5 – Reinvest
Week five of the reset challenge will focus on giving back to the community. Everyone has a talent or time that they can use to give back to the community. Giving back is a very important part of the six-week reset challenge, as we believe that a community that serves each other is a community united.
Week 6 – Restored
This is the last week of the 2021 Reset Challenge! To begin with, we’d like to congratulate you for making it this far and sticking to the commitment. We also suggest you congratulate yourself, as it is no easy feat. Take this week to restore and reflect on the past 5 weeks. Also, use this week to plan on how you can incorporate your new habits and goals permanently from now on so you can continue to lead a refreshed and restored life.
Reset with the Y
Thousands of people across the country participate in the Reset Challenge. This means that if you decide to start this year, you won’t be alone. If you want to join and complete the whole challenge from start to finish, we would like to encourage all those interested to sign up by February 1st, 2021. If you decide to join later on, it’s not a problem! Those who sign up will receive a small number of texts throughout the program featuring motivation tips and tools to set and reach goals.
If you were already thinking about making changes in the new year but don’t want to be alone, join the reset challenge and register today! We help people all around the country move forward as a community and help you set and reach your goals. We’re looking forward to having you in the program.