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The first time I read about 30 day challenges was on the blog of Girls Love 2 Run and in particular the Ted Talk from Matt Cutts. Although I wasn’t that inspired by his talk (he doesn’t really has a convincing attitude about him in my opinion, his talk is a bit dull) but the idea of a 30 day challenge got stuck in my head. Maybe you’re already familiar with the idea that it takes 21 days to install or lose a habit. This idea combined with the 30 day challenge made me decide to do a 30-day-challenge! And not alone, Michiel decided to join me, with another challenge!

30 Day Challenge
The basis is simple, you set a goal for yourself and keep up to it for 30 days. After that you can decide if it is a good habit or you can’t wait to get rid of it. Best case scenario is of course that you choose a habit that will stick after the 30 days. However if something just isn’t your thing it’s no problem to let it go. You tried it for 30 days and that’s good! One month is really do-able but also long enough to change your lifestyle (if you want to). Challenges can be quite different, like doing something for 30 days in a row or set up a goal for the end of the month that you have to achieve.

Running 5 km in 35 minutes
Yes, that’s my challenge for this month! Well this month… My first day started on April 22th so on May 21st I have to run 35 minutes continuously. Luckily, my best friend is a die-hard sporter and physical therapist who just started her own company The Health District, with which she will give sport lessons, yoga, massages and more. We’ve been working a lot together lately as I made her website (which is still under construction but I’ll show you when it’s done!) and we’ve done a photoshoot together as well for her promotion material. She set up a schedule for me in which I have to train twice a week (she actually wanted three times a week but I don’t have so much time unfortunately) and do extra exercises during the other days of the week.

So why did I started this challenge? First of all, I really think it’s good to be healthy (yes it seems like the new trend to be healthy but I really think this is a good one!). I was really shocked by this Ted Talk from Jamie Oliver about children and food in the US. Since last year I got more interested in cooking and I try to use a lot of natural ingredients. Supermarkets offers so much ‘easy food’ which I believe is not good for us. Just as Jamie said in his talk, we eat so much sugar and don’t know about it. So I started to focus more on healthy food as well. And it’s quite easy if your boyfriend is also interested in health! But healthy food is not all I think so I wanted to exercise more. At the beginning of this year I bought a new running tight and running shoes which stayed in my closet untouched (yeah I know…) until I read about these 30 day challenges and decided it was really time to get them out of the closet! Of course the challenge doesn’t have to be about health. Michiel for example is doing a challenge with me, he has to read half an hour everyday for 30 days.

So although I didn’t plan it, this was a long story after all! I’ll keep you up-to-date about my running challenge (maybe after this one I’ll do another running challenge… at least 5km in 30 minutes because for this short time that goal was a little bit too high but maybe I’ll make it the next 30 days!) Are you familiar with the 30 day challenges? Or are you doing one right now? Or maybe planning to do so?