The Winter Chill Challenge was created to find ways to get more active during the month of December, when it’s cold, and typically a busy time of year. It’s a challenge to see who can stick to their fitness goals throughout the festive month. Today, we’ll meet the wonderful Challengers.
What’s the goal of the Winter Chill Challenge?
Find ways to get more active for the entire month of December.What better way to beat the Winter Chill than with a fitness challenge! #WinterChill Click To Tweet
Rules of the Game
- Exercise your heart out (walking the dog counts and other small activities count too)
- Record your data, this year to be on an even keel, we will calculate our calories burned with a nifty calculator:
- Share your data weekly with me by 8 p.m. every Sunday
- Encourage each other.
- It’s a friendly competition, but some smack talk is allowed (especially between Julie and Lucie), cause it’s fun!
- Share your secrets about how you added more activity in your day so I can pass it along to other readers in hopes of inspiring them to fit more time in their days
- optional: show your efforts on social media using #WinterChill hashtag
Meet The Challengers
This year we have an exciting range of challengers, from family, friends, co-workers to bloggers. Some challengers are coming from Northern Ontario, some close to home, while others are as far away as Alaska! In the blogging world, geography isn’t a barrier. It’s time to meet our 9 challengers.
This woman doesn’t need much of an introduction if you are a regular blog follower because she’s been featured here often! Julie is my identical twin sister. A Mom of 2 boys (12 &8), Julie works full-time.
This mommy doesn’t have a particular favorite sport. Running, swimming, skiing, cycling all bring her the same type of happy feeling. She enjoys the challenge and thrill of competition as well as the training that leads up to the race, the jitters on race day, and the satisfaction of reaching goals and personal records.
Julie’s goal for the Winter Chill Challenge is to workout 5 times a week. She plans on racking in the points on her weekend long runs.
Nancy is a 38 yr old mother of 3 active kids who loves to exercise. She always loved sports growing up and tries to fit in physical activity in everything she does. As a physiotherapist she chose this practice so she could work with kids. She definitely practices what she preaches. She sets example at work, at home and in her community, and now to an even broader audience through this blog.
In the winter, Nancy enjoy skiing with the kids and husband, walking in the snow and enjoying fresh air. In the summer, this mamma’s preferred activity is biking. She bikes everywhere; to camp, on trails, to the women’s club, in bike races, to the gym, to the groceries and to get to places. She also love to run, walk and do water sports such as swimming and kayaking.
Nancy’s goal for the Winter Chill Challenge is to continue to exercise daily during the long winter days and motivate others to exercise with me.
Meet Barrie, an american blogger at Hardly A Goddess. This mom has four kids, two of them are twins. Barrie says that she “works 3 days a week for money and 7 days a week for my “real” job”!
This Goddess loves running, but she doesn’t really enjoy winter running. Barrie also likes weights, spinning, or walking for winter sports right now.
Barrie’s goals for the Winter Chill is just to be active every day. She says that “walking 30 minutes outside would be a good start, since I have almost started to hibernate!”
Next is Susan who lives in central Pennsylvania. She loves to run and workout and recently became a certified personal trainer through NASM. (Congratulations Susan). Susan also coaches at a local gym a couple evenings a week. Susan, a blogger at Adventures with suz has a sweet cat named Frasier who was adopted from a local animal rescue.
Susan loves to run and participates in races both large and small. Her other favorite activity is skiing. Susan says ” I love to go a few times each winter. I never complain about snow!”
Susan’s goal for this challenge is to stay consistent with workouts and runs. Susan also ads “After my marathon on Dec. 5 I’ll need some recovery time but then I’d like to get back into my normal routine. I also have a tremendous sweet tooth I’m hoping to keep under control.”
If you follow my blog regularly, you’ll know that I take part in #MotivateMe Mondays. Our next challenger, Janice, is the host of this popular link up. This blogger truly lives up to her blog name of Fitness Cheerleader. This is a full-time working mom of 3 who is desperately trying to live active, eat healthy and enjoy life! She also inspires other to do the same.
Janice’s favorite sport is running because it’s an activity that can be done anywhere anytime.
Her goal for this December Challenge is to try and be active for a minimum of 30 min a day.
I’m so excited to have recruited a coworker for my Winter Chill Challenge. Our next Challenger, Amy, is a mother of a 15 year old daughter. She works full-time, has two dogs and sells Pampered Chef and Norwex.
Her favorite activity is exercising at the gym. She likes running too but says she’s not good at it. (It comes with time Amy, keep trying)
Amy’s goal for the Winter Chill Challenge is to exercise at least one hour a day!
I wasn’t the only one recruiting coworkers, so was Julie. Challenger No. 7, Abigail, is a geologist who spends months at a time ‘reading landscapes’ and working on a drill rig looking for groundwater in southern Ontario. She doesn’t have kids but she does have 6 cats and a turtle.
Abigail loves to ski; skate for an intense workout, classic for pure enjoyment and alpine for a thrill. (Abigail, you’ll have to teach me the difference between these types of skiing). Her second favorite activity is going for very long walks in hilly places.
She’s not a fan of December, so her goals for the Winter Chill Challenge is to get out and do something everyday.
Challenger No. 8 is Kristen, blogger at Run Away With Kristen, runner, hiker, and wannabe yogi who recently moved from Philly to Anchorage with her husband to be closer to the mountains! She loves winter and plans on making the most of Alaska’s long winters by staying active as much as possible.
Running is the sport on top of her list. Kristen says :”I love that it has taught me how to push myself and that I’ve been able to set and meet so many goals through running. My biggest current goals are to run a marathon next year and to run a race in all 50 states (I’m currently at 9!). Plus it allows me to either de-stress at the end of a long day or to meet up with friends to catch up, and I can do both of those outside!”
Kristen’s goals for the Winter Chill Challenge is to workout 6 times a week, which will include some yoga and other lighter workouts.
And, as the last challenger, there is me, Lucie! If you are reading this, you know that I’m the blogger behind Run Mommy Run. I’m a mom of one adorable toddler boy. I work full-time in I.T. and blogging keeps me busy after my son goes to bed.
My favorite sport is running, but swimming is quickly becoming a second favorite. Just like my twin sister, I love setting goals and then achieving them. I also thrive on competition.
My goal for this challenge is to try to stay on track my weekly workout plans that I set out on Mondays. Also, with the Christmas Holidays close by, I don’t want to be side tracked with too much eating, or eating the wrong foods so I’m going to try to steer clear of my bad habits of turning towards chips and chocolate (yes, usually together) for this whole month. I’ll report back on how many times I fail!
I’m so thrilled to have all these women participating in the Winter Chill Challenge. I love all of their goals. Let’s help each other stay on track and get over this busy, hectic month and come out on the other side a little healthier just in time to start a new year!
Tune in soon to see how our first week of the challenge went! You can also follow my social media channels, or #winterchill to see how we are doing!