From September 15 – November 10, 2012 I will be participating in the Whole Life Challenge. The purpose of The Whole Life Challenge is to see what sort of impact I can have on my body, my fitness and my lifestyle habits over the course of eight weeks, and to train in having a health and fitness practice that is sustainable for the long term.
There are three categories that make up the criteria for the game:
- Performance – How much can you improve in a workout (faster time, more reps, better score)?
- Body – How many inches can you lose off of your body (based on circumferential measurements)?
- Lifestyle & Accountability – How consistent can you be over 56 days in maintaining healthy habits and being accountable for your results in your daily life?
Every day I can earn 6 possible points: 3 for nutrition, 1 for working out, 1 for mobilization, and 1 for taking fish oil. I’m kind of freaked out by the fish oil part, but I gotta do what I gotta do. Here are the details regarding each section of the challenge:
Nutrition – 3 points
During the challenge I’m are only allowed to eat REAL food: meat, seafood, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
Here’s what we can’t have, with a few exceptions: no grains or starches (exceptions: legumes and sweet potatoes/yams), no corn or soy, no sugar or sweetener of any kind (exception: Stevia, which I will probably not use), no dairy (exception: butter), no alcohol, soda or juice (exceptions: lemon and lime juice), and no artificial or processed ingredients or foods.
Working Out – 1 point
I need to engage in some kind of active recovery workout everyday for at least 10 minutes. Active recovery is defined as intentionally engaging in some form of movement with the purpose of improving your fitness. Examples: jogging, recreational cycling or skating, hiking, yoga, etc.
Mobilization – 1 point
Mobilizing or stretching daily will net me the mobilization point. Any kind of mobilization or stretching counts: soft tissue work with a foam roller or lacrosse ball, static stretching, yoga, etc. Massage does not fulfill the mobilization requirement.
Fish Oil – 1 point
The part I’m dreading: I must take a dose of fish oil every day. There is no minimum dose requirement, though the recommended dosage is 4000mg combined EPA & DHA. I’m just really scared of fish burps even though everyone I’ve talked to said they’re not a big deal at all. Some fish oil capsules are even burpless, so I’ve gonna try and find those.
Why am I doing this?
I’m doing the challenge to try and make some good habits stick, especially the fish oil one. I’m also hoping this will get me stretching and/or moving every single day from now on, no matter what. And to be vain about it, a little more muscle couldn’t hurt!
My initial and ending workout will be:
9 minute AMRAP:
7 KB swings (24kg / 16kg)
50m shuttle run
Total number of reps is what counts, not total number of rounds. Scaling is an option! However, I must use the same weights at the finals that I use at the prelims.