My extended family started a new fitness challenge in honor of the Summer Olympics. This 6-week challenge incorporates different activities with medals awarded in each event. Our first task was to create a flag to represent each individual in the games. The catch was that everything on the flag had to represent something health-related.
My flag has a yellow background representing the happiness I feel when I make healthy choices.
The red flower represents courage and beauty.
The 6 blue lines represent my goal to drink at least 6 glasses of water per day.
The green ivy represents persistence needed to reach my healthy goals. This inspiration came from the impossible-to-kill ivy that grows in our backyard.
Challenge #2 was to create an obstacle course. Each person turned in their best time and medals were given accordingly.
Challenge #3 was my brain-child: an event I call the Marathon Relay. Each family member earned miles by running or walking. Or, they could turn 10 minutes of exercise into a mile. Miles were also earned through healthy habits: fruit or veggie servings, whole grain servings, dairy servings, cups of water. Everyone's miles were added together with the gold medal course honoring our pioneer heritage and a symbolic trek from Nauvoo, Illinois, to Salt Lake City, Utah.
These challenges have been fun ways to get our whole family more involved in healthy habits and makes for a fun way to celebrate the Olympics. I can't wait to find out what the challenges for the next few weeks might be.