Who is ready for some track running, stair running and full cardio workout first thing in the morning.
Ugh—I’ve said that on a few mornings, but Naomi and I have decided to take on 30/30 Challenge. It’s a really simple idea just like it sounds—30 minutes of workout for 30 days. The hardest part isn’t so much the workout itself, but the idea of—working out first, then starting our work day. Gulp.
It’s not easy pushing aside looming deadlines, emails that need answering and morning light for photography. But we are embracing it and finding it more refreshing than we expected.
In fact, when Old Navy asked me to share my summer workout challenge, it got me thinking. My family is pretty healthy as it is, we all workout in some form—but never together and never with any regularly. I decided it needed a bit of an overhaul.
Naomi and I tend to cram it when we have 30-40 minutes to spare here or there even it means working hitting the gym at 11pm. That sounds like madness, right? It is. Our 30/30 Challenge has been a great thing for the family. We all kick start our day with a smoothie, gear up with some Old Navy Active wear because every piece is designed to minimize distraction, so we can optimize our workout. That means we stay dry, cool and protected from the sun with the superior wicking that enhances breathability, regardless of whether or not we’ve been working out for 20 minutes or 2 hours. Geared up and pumped, we head out to do what we enjoy anyways—spending time together, goofing off and working out. To make it even better, our little guy has joined on the fun.
His favorite part is racing me or Naomi. We warm for it with a few standing jumps. Then do a little fun trash talking. It’ll be a few years before I will really be looking at his back the whole way, but for now, I always give him a running start. By the time I catch up to him, he’s laughing and I’m smiling.
He’s 9 and training for a life of professional sports in his mind. He will try any workout I suggest (even one’s I don’t . . . ahem, see picture below). But what matters most is he’s trying.
We all are—that is trying to find balance with a healthy lifestyle. The 30/30 challenge for us isn’t so much about getting fit as it is finding balance in work, home and health. If we get fit, that’s an added plus.
I’d love to hear how you are staying healthy and balanced this summer. Share your routine in the comments!
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