NAME OF CHALLENGE:
HIKE TO YOUR PEAK!
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY (1-3):
This challenge will help you start moving everyday so that you'll feel better, healthier and more alive.
Weight loss, Workout
I live in a beautiful village right near the forest. Behind my house there is a hill called St. Ana. Actually, it’s more than just a hill. At its peak it’s around 1000 meters above sea level. When I hike there it takes me about an hour and a half to reach the top.
I’ve lived here for just over 10 years, and so far I hike to the top about twice a month. Sometimes a little more, and sometimes a little less. It’s a great weekend activity to help clear your mind and make sure you’re doing something constructive for your body.
But one day I got this Mind Peak. I was thinking about that hill and I couldn’t figure out why I didn’t go up there more often. Whenever I went up there, I always felt at peace. And there was this beautiful track through the forest (I mean there are a few bears at the top but they mostly keep to themselves and they’re very easily frightened), and there is also an amazing view of my village at the top. If the weather is warm, you can relax up there, close your eyes, and just enjoy your life.
So why don’t I go up there more often? Probably because I don’t have the time, or the strength to power through all those steps every day (it’s about ten thousand steps, so not that many for a normal person). But I guess it’s too much for me because I’m lazy and not used to moving around that much every day. I’m getting older, my energy has decreased a lot, it’s getting cold outside, I have to work every day, I have kids that I need to play with on a regular basis, and I have this, and that, and this… Excuses, excuses, and more excuses. There was always a reason for me not move every day.
And then I started feeling bad because I’m getting older, I’m gaining weight every day, I have less and less energy, and so on. But why not change that if going there made me feel that good?
So I decided to try to hike there every day for thirty days. First, I made a plan in my mind and then I wrote it out. I came up with two versions, the first one was very hard, but the second one was much easier. The hard one was that every day I needed to go up there, no matter how bad I was feeling. The first few days, I could probably make it but then after that, I might be so exhausted that I give up. There are probably some people who would take this challenge, but after careful consideration I realized that this wasn’t the best idea for me, and it wasn’t how I wanted things to do things. I feel like a lot of modern fitness routines, and exercises, are focused on making you struggle in order to get the quickest possible results. But usually, after only a short period of time, people end up getting injured because their bodies just weren’t prepared.
That’s why I believe you need to slowly prepare your body for new actions, rituals, and habits. Go step by step, at first, and then do more and more when you start to feel like you can.
That’s how I start everything now. I start with just a few steps every day, and then, if I feel good the next day, I do few more, and after a week or so, I add a few more. I keep moving everyday based on how I feel. The number one goal is just to keep moving no matter what, that way the ritual ends up becoming a habit. If I fail one day, or maybe few days, I don’t punish myself for it. Instead, I just add two extra days in. It’s works really well for me and it’s a good system.
All you have to do is start, and everyday just add in a few more steps. When you feel tired, do a little less, and when you feel strong, do a few more. The only thing you need to do is move around every day. Don’t stop! If you fail for a couple days, then there is a pretty good chance that you’ll give up. If this happens, just take a step back and add two more days to your challenge.
After 30 days, you’ll be so happy that you did this challenge, that you might even decide to continue with it and add in some new things. That’s how Mind Peaks University works. We do one challenge at a time until we change and become who we want to be. And then we continue with them indefinitely.
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