Okay. So not only is this the last Fitness Challenge post for 2023 (delayed due to that advent calendar-ing), it is also the last Fitness Challenge post . . . ever. Because I’ve decided to be done with the fitness challenge. Not with fitness itself, of course. But with the challenging-you part of it.  I’ll still write about fitness now and then I’m sure, and I’ll probably pass along a tip or two from time to time. I’m just finished with the monthly challenge aspect.

Except for this one . . . last . . . little . . . challenge (of course). And it’s a simple one.

Keep moving! 

I know that a lot of people have big issues with “exercise” (not only the doing it, but even with the very word “exercise” itself). I’m afraid too many people associate “exercise” with “weight-loss.” Or they think that “exercise” needs to be painful and time-consuming if it’s going to “count.” Or the very thought of “exercise” brings up horrible gym class baggage. Or whatever. But these negative associations mean that many people choose to . . . not engage with “exercise” at all. (And, of course, the not engaging with it – but understanding that one “should” – brings on the guilt.)

With my fitness challenges, I’ve tried to shift those “exercise” associations: away from weight-loss and baggage and pain, for example, and toward a more holistic embrace of “exercise” and fitness . . . for LIFE. After all, “exercise” is really . . . front line care for your mental health and mood. It’s a way to combat what’s happening to our bodies as we get older. It’s an opportunity to cultivate a new routine and healthy habits. Bottom line, “exercise” is our best tool for living longer, moving well, and feeling healthier and good about ourselves. I’ve been hoping to help you . . . engage with “exercise” a little more freely, and maybe with some joy.

So I hope you will. Engage with “exercise, ” I mean.  Freely and joyfully.

Do it for YOU. 
Keep moving!
See what happens.


(For future reference, you’ll be able to find all the 2023 Monthly Fitness Challenges in my Field Notes.)

2023 Monthly Fitness Challenges

#11 — Get outside every day

#10 — Try some CARS

#9 — Assess your mobility

#8 — Just begin again

#7 — Jump every day

#6 – Practice getting up from sitting on the floor

#5 – Get down on the floor every day

#4 – Walk 10 minutes every day

#3 – Discover how active you really are

#2 – Use-It or Lose-It

#1 – Create your own fitness plan for 2023

Looking for Monthly Fitness Challenges from 2021-2022? I’ve moved them! Now you can find them in the Field Notes section of the blog (just click on Field Notes in the top menu) and look for Monthly Fitness Challenges 2021-2022.