Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Self Challenge

For the past several years, I have joined the online Self Challenge (sponsored of course by SELF magazine). Its been a great way to get motivated and active. Each month of the 3 month challenge you get a series of cardio and strength exercises. They give you a variety to meet both mental and physical needs of avoiding a workout rut. They have online video clips to demonstrate the activities. They also have a meal planner- with decent dietary suggestions, though its still a struggle if you are a vegetarian. I'd really love to see them add options in for different meal choices based on food preferences (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies, etc). The website is great- you record your beginning stats like weight, heart rate, waist circumference, and more. You also get to record your workouts in a log and food intake in a diary that lets you put down where you ate and how you felt. Its great to get the kind of feedback you get when you log in. You see how many calories you've burned, how many minutes of working out you have done, how many calories you've eaten... its fabulous. There is even a place for you to recommend this to your friends and create a buddy list. No friends want to join you? Make some new workout buds while on the site. Also get your Tip of the Day for a daily boost or helpful hint and check out the Playlists for some great workout tunes. I highly recommend this program. SELF has really put together a winner. To check out the SELF Challenge for yourself: