YMCA OF METROPOLITAN MILWAUKEE

Six weeks, 20 minutes a day, five days a week! We’ll experiment with challenges and rhythms designed to open us up to a purpose-driven life that is STRONG. Take the Challenge, have some fun, and discover what it means to be STRONG.  Don’t forget to pick up or download your activity tracker today and join the Facebook STRONG challenge community!

Register for the STRONG Challenge

 

week 2: October 26-November 1

PLAY

Your STRONG Challenge continues by rediscovering Play! Research affirms that we are STRONGER when we are having fun; remember the number of times in a day you laughed as a kid? Remember feeling invincible? What about now?

This week we will add to our fitness goals two tall servings of fun. Rediscovering your joy will add to your foundation of strength. You were made to PLAY! 

ACCOUNTABILITY

Add 2 PLAY activities to the Strong Tracking Sheet  (download here) and remember to post it in a prominent place.  Share your goals with your accountability buddy AND, join the Facebook Community Group, and share your fun-filled week with your new friends! 

Below are some ideas to get you off the couch and onto a new healthier life. This is how we’ll fight, how we’ll get STRONG.

STRONG ACTIVITIES 

Keep moving 20 minutes a day and participating in physical fitness activitiesAdd 2 PLAY ideas to get you laughing and enjoying more.   PLAY is how we’ll fight this week; how we’ll get STRONG. 

VIRTUAL OFFERINGS

AT HOME (WITH FAMILY)

  • Family board game night 
  • Play outside for 20 mins 
  • Hide and seek 
  • Playground time 
  • Ride bikes 
  • Play catch 
  • Wii family night 
  • Family Card Games 
  • Basketball 
  • Football 
  • Baseball 
  • Hike with friends/family  
  • Puzzles 
  • Visit a Milwaukee County Park 
  • Visit a Wisconsin State Park 

WEEK 1: OCTOBER 19-25

GOALS

Your STRONG Challenge begins with setting fitness goals. Although we’ll be encouraging you in other areas of your life, we want to start by focusing on physical health and wellness. Start by setting goals to achieve during the next six weeks (watch the video for guidance). Whether you are at the “walk around the block” level or at the “run the next marathon” level, start where you are, and we’ll grow from there. Achieving goals will set the foundation for healthier habits for life. You were made for more!

ACCOUNTABILITY

Write your goals on the Strong Tracking Sheet and post them in a prominent place in your home, somewhere that will remind you of your progress and commitment every day. Next, find an accountability buddy or partner who will provide the motivation you’ll need for the next few weeks (this is a critical step). Finally, join the Facebook Community Group and share your struggles, failures, and success with your new friends!

VIRTUAL OFFERINGS

AT HOME

  • Couch to 5K 
  • Strength training workout – Nike Training Club or 8Fit
  • Outdoor Bike – 20 minutes
  • Hiking/Walking Trails
  • STRONG Challenge Wednesday Workout
  • Body Weight Circuit
  • Push-up Challenge

FAMILY FRIENDLY

IN-PERSON AT THE YMCA (YMCA MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED)

  • Group Exercise Class – Reserve a space at your Y
  • Fitness Center – 20-minute weight training rotation
  • Fitness Center – 20 minutes on elliptical/treadmill/stationary bike
  • Lap swimming at the Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center