I have a challenge for you this week!   The 20 MINUTE FRESH AIR CHALLENGE!

Every day this week, let’s get outside for AT LEAST 20 MINUTES EVERY DAY to load up on some Vitamin D and enjoy the outdoors! Let’s lace up those walking shoes and go for a 20-minute walk.

We keep hearing about the power of high-intensity training and metabolic conditioning.  But walking is also good for you (mind, body, and spirit)!

It’s a great way to boost your mood, get in some active recovery (if you’ve been training hard at home), it reduces stress, and can help lower your blood pressure. Plus, if you turn up the speed a bit or hit the hills, it can be a wonderful cardio workout.

Not only that, it has some surprising other benefits, like helping to prevent weight gain at the genetic level and battling breast cancer.

You can find out more on the link here: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/5-surprising-benefits-of-walking

But one of the greatest benefits of all is that it gives you a chance to clear your head and get away from technology for a little while. 

You can reconnect with nature and even with yourself.  It’s refreshing and rejuvenating… and that’s why we’re going to be doing it for at LEAST 20 minutes every day this week!  Use your arms and upper body or hand-held weights and vary your pace if you like.

Plus, going for a walk is a fun way to to catch up with busy friends, and kids love it, too!

Do you find yourself taking the same path for your walks or runs over and over again?  We all do it – it’s human nature to go places where we’re comfortable.  Change it up this week!

After all, your challenge is to get some extra fresh air…. so switch up your route and trek through a new neighborhood or park!  Who knows it just may become your new favorite path!

Grab a friend, lace up those shoes and enjoy that fresh air!