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How often do you set goals for yourself? Once a week, month or year? What about small changes, how often do you think about those? Overcoming small challenges can be just as rewarding as the big ones we set for ourselves.
Over the past week I’ve been participating in The Daily Challenge by Me You Health. Each day you are sent a new task that can focus on any area of your life that contributes to your well being. The Daily Challenge is a great catalyst for small changes that can lead to big improvements in your life. Here are three reasons why you may benefit from The Daily Challenge
When you first think of health, where does your mind go? For many people it’s body composition. Your overall well-being is so much more than that. Physical health is a big part of the way you look and feel. There are many other facets that will contribute to the quality of your life. Me You Health explores different areas that contribute to health and happiness. One of the great benefits of being part of The Daily Challenge is becoming aware of the variety of ways that can build a fulfilling life.
Feel Accomplished Daily
Each daily challenge is quick and basic. They are small enough that even the busiest lifestyle can accomplish them. That sense of accomplishment can contribute greatly to your confidence, which is an important part of your emotional health. Taking pride in small actions can fuel your drive for larger changes in your life. Don’t worry if you forget to take time to participate in the challenge for the day. You will get an additional reminder sent to you at the end of the day!
You can also take a challenge to the next level if you choose to. Today’s Challenge was to smile at three people. You can take that task for what it is, or extend that smile to everyone you come across in your daily life. The choice is up to you. You’re also able to share your accomplishments with others on The MeYou Health page, facebook and twitter. Your success can inspire someone else in your life.
Learn Something New Everyday
There is a great network of people on The Daily Challenge website. Many of the participants post how/why/when they completed the task for the day. If you are stuck on how you want to go about your daily challenge take a look at how other’s completed it and get inspired. There are a lot of encouraging words and avenues on how you can accomplish small changes in your life. It’s a great support and a lot of fun to share your experiences with others and learn about theirs.
If you do happen to come across a challenge that you’re not interested in, you can click the pass button and move on to the next day. You can also read on to why that challenge was picked for the day and how it can benefit your life.
The challenges are fun and free, what more can you ask for? Check out The Daily Challenge on MeYou Health today!
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Healthy meal options can be very limited at the beach. Snack bars are commonly stalked with chips, ice-cream and fried food. Skip the chips and try one of these great snacks instead.
1. Frozen Grapes
Place as many grapes in a zip-lock bag as you like. Place the bag in your freezer the night before your trip to the beach. The grapes should be frozen by the next morning. Pack this refreshing snack in your cooler for a sweet treat at the beach.
2. Tomato & Mozzarella Salad
Cut up fresh tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Dress lightly with olive oil, salt and pepper. Store this in a Tupperware dish or bowl. This snack will keep you full and you won’t feel weighed down after eating it.
3. Fruit & Nuts
This time of year there are so many options for great tasting fruit. Cut up your favorite fruit and store it in a tupperware dish, sprinkle a handful of almonds on top and keep it cold in your cooler.
Pick a brand that has a lot of protein to stay fuller longer. My favorite brands are Chobani and Oikos. Bring a small container of almond or peanut butter to add to your yogurt for a balanced and delicious snack.
5. Hummus and Veggies
Sabra Hummus comes in small snack size containers. Pack a few of these with a bag of your favorite vegetables. Cut up some peppers, carrots, celery and cucumbers for a nice vegetable medley.
Your best defense against unhealthy eating is to always be prepared. When you know you’re going into a situation like a day at the beach, take the time to plan some healthy options for you and your family.
The beach can be a very relaxing place. For those of you that would rather burn calories than your skin, put on some sunscreen and give one of these 10 activities a try.
1. Bocce Ball
The beach is a great place for a Bocce Ball game. When your ball lands it’s less likely to roll because of the soft sand. Just make sure to give yourself plenty of playing room so you won’t disturb anyone working on their tan.
The best way to cool off and get some exercise. You don’t have to perform a perfect crawl stroke to enjoy swimming. As long as you’re moving around in the water you’re getting exercise.
3. Ladder Ball
This game is easy to set up and break down. The Ladders stick perfectly into the sand. Ladder ball is great entertainment for a day at the beach.
When you’re with a large group volleyball is a good choice for a game. Bring your own net and use a traditional volleyball or blow up beach ball for a less competitive game. Many beaches will have a volleyball area or net already set up.
5. Build A Sandcastle
This activity is great for a family beach day. Bring plenty of “building materials” and make it a contest between everyone in your group. Give a special prize to the winner.
This game is similar to horseshoes. Baggo is another activity that is easy to set up and transport to the beach. If you have multiple people that want to play make this activity into a tournament.
Play foot ball on the sand or in the water if you want to cool off. This game can provide endless hours of entertainment for any group size.
8. Go For A Walk
Enjoy the breeze off of the ocean and take a nice walk next to the water on the beach. If you’re with children, incorporate a game. Challenge them to find the most seashells or a certain color rock.
9. Bury a Friend
Dig a hole in the sand for one of your friends to lye down in. Then pile all of that sand back on them from the shoulders down. You can even make them into a mermaid or another type of sea creature.
This activity is also great if you’re with a larger group. Running back and forth on the sand adds a new level of difficulty to this game depending on how soft the sand is.
Give these activities a try for a fit and fun day at the beach!