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FREE NOVEMBER PLANK CHALLENGE

They say it takes just 30 days to for a healthy habit to form. While we may not have the numbers to back this theory, we do believe integrating consistent healthy changes and a supportive community can lead to results. That’s exactly why we’re hosting our 3rd Annual Planks and Thanks event. We offer this FREE thirty day challenge to help motivate you, while encouraging you to stay healthy, and grateful during the holiday season. 

According to livestrong.com, plank exercises are a popular element of isometric training, which involves contracting your muscles against stationary resistance. Isometric exercises are common for injury rehabilitation or reconditioning. Isometric exercises, such as planks, can help you get past strength-training plateaus and improve energy transference between your upper body and lower body. Plank exercises, in particular, benefit multiple elements of physical fitness and your general well-being.

So, how does it work? We've created your plan for the entire month, showing the plank goal for the day. Feel free to modify or increase the intensity to meet your own personal needs. In addition to holding your daily plank, we then encourage you to practice gratitude. November is the month where we give thanks, but often lose it amidst the busyness of the season, and preparing for the big family feast. We like the idea of offering yourself at least five minutes and then writing down what you are grateful for in a journal. 

As we said, having a supportive community can really make a difference in your health and wellness goals. We have set up a FREE Facebook page for our November Planks and Thanks challenge. The idea is to share your pictures, results and encourage one another throughout November. 

20 Habits to Fall into Health

1. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.

2. Allow fresh air into your body and home daily.

3. Eat at least one serving of dark leafy greens per day.

4. Use natural cleaning and beauty products.

5. Listen to your body and respond to its needs.

6. Make meaningful connections and maintain healthy and encouraging relationships.

7. Love your life, even the less than pleasant areas, which often help you grow.

8. Find a workout buddy, class or healthy community to help you stay motivated on your fitness journey.

9. Spend less time on your electronics, yes, this includes your cell phone.

10. Buy more whole foods, preferably organic.

11. Maintain your living space, keeping it organized, and clean.

12. Complain less, and by less we mean almost never.

13. Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night, and be sure to keep the room cool and dark.

14. Take conscious deep breaths throuhgout the day.

15. Allow yourself at least five minutes every day to be still, pray and meditate.

16. Move your body in a way that feels good and stretch it out too!

17. Practice patience and accept people for who they are. Remember, you can't change other people!

18. Drink more water, add fresh lemon juice and drink it first thing in the morning.

19. Dry brush before showering and exfoliate each week.

20. Practice GRATITUDE.