Sitting at the bar after a long day of skiing (okay it had only been ~3 hours or so) our group was snacking on chicken nachos and beer. Across the bar I watched in wonder as a woman slowly drank her protein shake and chowed down on a veggie packed salad. For the next few hours I reflected on that, at first I felt bad for her that she wasn’t enjoying the indulgences everyone else in the bar was. However, much later when I went to bed feeling bloated, tired, and full of tums I realized she might have been onto something.
I always try to make the healthier decision, but at times it seems too difficult and much easier to just go with the flow and do what everyone else is. And that day after skiing nachos and beer was the easy decision. But what if my group had all been enjoying protein shakes and salads? Then most likely I would have too. Social pressure makes a lot of decisions for me, and I’m going to attempt to use it to my advantage. At work we began a ‘water challenge’ where all the participants must drink 64oz of water during the eight hour work day and check it off on the daily tally sheet. The winner would receive a Swell water bottle. As it turns out it’s not all that difficult to drink more water every day. We all started feeling better, seeing improvements in our skin and noticing that it had an all-around positive impact. The only problem was that if you forgot to tally your drinks you were out of the challenge. Several weeks in we realized this was a problem. We all wanted the benefits, even if we had a momentary slip up and forgot to log it. We decided to adapt the challenge and if you forgot you could contribute $1 to the coffee fund and stay in. We decided to use social/peer pressure to our advantage and to improve our health.
So now I’m interested in other small challenges that will benefit my health. I’ve decided to start a plank challenge. There are several apps that track your daily progress and slowly increase the difficulty level. So if anyone else is wondering where their abs have disappeared to and want to use social pressure to better their body, please join me. I’m using the following app: https://appsto.re/us/tmcC9.i
Let’s see how we all do for the next 30 days – share your participation below!
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