Today I thought I would go through what April’s health/fitness challenge try-out was and let you guys know what I did, how I felt it went and whether I will continue with it or not.
Let’s a go
This month I tried out a water challenge and I also wanted to try and correct my posture. I haven’t been drinking enough water and I think that both my health and my skin have suffered because of it, plus it is just, in general, a really good thing to drink water. In trying to correct my posture, I was seriously hoping that this would one, help my body (again) in general and two, that it would help reduce my chest pains. Let’s see what the results were!
Firstly, my posture, which I’ve wanted to improve for a while and which I believe will have health benefits for me, especially when I suffer so badly from chest pains.
This will be an on-going challenge because it will always be good to have good posture, but I feel:
- That I’m making good progress with it as I remind myself at every opportunity to sit straighter by pretending that someone is pulling a string up that is connected to my spine;
- But it can be difficult remembering to straighten my back all the time and I can find myself slouching without even realising I’m doing it.
Overall results for April have been that I feel I’m doing well, with the occasional relapse and I will certainly continue fighting to remember to do it because:
- I believe it helps with my chest problems by:
- Stretching my chest as I eat, allowing food to ‘go down’ easier;
- Thereby decreasing the pressure on my chest during and just after meal times; and
- It is making me walk better which must be better for my body core;
- I also believe it simply makes me look better, which is a huge confidence booster.
Secondly, the water challenge:
- I found a simple water challenge to follow on the internet
- The instructions were to:
- Drink two glasses of water when you wake up;
- Drink a glass of water 20 mins before eating (which I believe is to fill you so you eat less and help with digestion);
- Drink a glass of water before going to bed.
Results were that:
- I found drinking two glasses of water when I woke up made me feel sick, so I reduced this to one which was much better. This means, of course, that I will continue to do so, rather than giving up;
- I admit that I still find it difficult to remember to drink 20 minutes before eating. Not sure this will become easier, however I will certainly try to remember and may resort to putting alarms on my phone to remind me;
- If I find this to be too difficult to get into, I will try and have a glass of water after every drink I have i.e. a mug of hot chocolate, a glass of water, a decaf tea, a glass of water etc.
- I will definitely continue with the challenge and hopefully it will become second nature to drink more water, rather than other drinks. I cannot drink fizzy drinks as they upset my chest so I tend to drink hot chocolate a lot and water is going to be better for me long term;
- And it is helping me drink water that will keep my skin clear and re-hydrate me so help with headaches. So it has simply loads of bonuses.
I hope you have enjoyed this blog post, let me know what you thought of it! Also, let me know in the comments of any health and fitness challenges you think I should try out in the comments below!
Remember be brave, be happy, be kind, be you!
See you next time…