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30 Days of Movement Challenge

by jenny sansouci on February 1, 2014

The other night I was out having dinner in Manhattan with my friend Jamie, telling her about my experience at Landmark. One of the things that happens at Landmark is you identify areas of your life you want to have a breakthrough in.

A couple definitions of “breakthrough” that I like:

Breakthrough: 

1) Producing results beyond what is reasonable and predictable, beyond “business as usual.”

2) Taking extraordinary action to make something happen that would not have happened otherwise. 

In my experience so far in the one month of 2014, getting out of my comfort zone always produces breakthroughs. I honestly believe getting out of your comfort zone can be the admission ticket to a life beyond your wildest dreams. I’m serious.

I said to Jamie — “You know, in February I’d really love to create a breakthrough in fitness.”

Her eyes lit up. Jamie is obsessed with fitness. “Can I be your fitness concierge? I’ll find us fun workouts to do all over the city.”

Now we’re talking! We designed a plan for the month (outlined below).

Why do I want to create a breakthrough in fitness? Well here’s the deal. I’ve never been a “fitnessy” person. Maybe that surprises you because I’m all about health and wellness and all that, but really, I pretty much do yoga and run. All other fitness type things are outside my comfort zone. Also, for me, yoga is more about moving stagnant emotional energy and running is more about clearing my head and channeling creative ideas. I’ve never really been focused on fitness.

BUT…I realized that if I just keep doing the same thing over and over, I’ll just have the same results I’ve always had. I’ve always wanted to take my physical fitness to the next level and feel really strong, fit and healthy in my body — so this means I need to take new actions.

I’ve realized from taking hip hop dance classes for the past month as part of my Comfort Zone Crusade that I can put myself in uncomfortable physical situations and be totally fine, learn about myself, have fun and find a lot more freedom in life. Not to mention feel more open and sexy.

So, this month I’m gettin’ SERIOUS about fitness. You can tell from this photo of me laying in my bed, gently holding a weight.

Here’s my plan:

Starting FEB 1 (TODAY)!

  • 30 days of movement
  • At least 8 new, different workouts over the course of the month (maybe more, once I get into it)
  • 3 liters of water a day (I’ll have to fill up my bkr bottle 6 times)

What do I mean by movement?

Jamie proposed the idea of “movement” for this challenge being at least 45 minutes straight (not broken up) of some type of exercise that actually exerts effort (for me, walking does not count this month, although I love walking…but I gotta get out of the comfort zone).

I can still run and do yoga as I usually do as part of this movement challenge, but I plan to do at least 8 new kinds of workouts that I wouldn’t normally do over the course of the month. Next week, I’m already signed up for some type of “rowing” class and a spinning class.

Other ideas people have given me include different forms of dance, zumba, pole dancing class (eeeek, bye comfort zone), hot yoga, surf classes (yes they have them indoors in NYC) and even…crossfit. Oh boy. I mean, it sounds like the options are endless. Maybe even indoor rock climbing. Who knows. I’m dedicated to finding the most fun workouts and staying true to my commitment to myself.

During the course of the month, I’ll be posting the workouts I do on instagram with the hashtag #30daysofmovement.

At the end of the month, I’ll post a full list of every workout I did each day. Maybe that will bore some of you but it’s a way for me to stay accountable and show people what options are out there.

I mean, if this doesn’t totally blast me into a new realm of possibility for my fitness, I don’t know what will!! :)

Oh by the way, this is the official song for the challenge. Please, just do some type of physical exercise while listening to this song and tell me it wasn’t the best workout you’ve ever had. I went on a run yesterday and listened to it on repeat and I was so amped up, I was scaring myself and probably others. There’s really no denying that Britney still OWNS IT.

 

Please…JOIN ME in 30 days of movement!! 

It’s so much more fun if we do it together!!!

You DO NOT need to commit to trying new workouts in order to do this challenge. Just commit to 30 days of movement that feels exciting to you, starting today. (I just threw the “new workouts” thing in for fun).

Start where you are!! For you, it could be committing to walking every day. Maybe you want to do at at least 30 mins of exercise instead of 45. The point of this is not what workouts you do. It’s to HONOR your commitment to yourself to establish a daily physical practice, for your growth, freedom, health and happiness. What feels good to you?

If you plan to commit to 30 days of movement, please leave a comment below and tell me. Post your workout photos on instagram, tag me in the caption @jennysansouci and use the hashtags #30daysofmovement and #healthycrush. I freaking love hanging out with you guys on instagram and seeing your photos, it’s so fun for me. Let’s inspire each other with workout ideas!!! I wanna see what you’re up to.

Obviously you don’t have to post every workout you do. Whatever you feel like sharing.

Start today, the day you’re reading this.

If you’re on Spotify and you need a crazy absurd but super fun workout playlist, here ya go.

Now, get to work. :)




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michelle andres February 1, 2014 at 10:53 am

Im all in Jenny. I will totally be accountable on instagram. See you there!

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jenny sansouci February 1, 2014 at 10:54 am

yeahhh!!!! so glad you’re joining the party, michelle.

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Stephanie Kirylych February 1, 2014 at 11:01 am

Count me in, Jenny!

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jenny sansouci February 1, 2014 at 11:02 am

alright!!! go stephanie!!! let’s do this.

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Natalie February 1, 2014 at 11:11 am

I’m in with you Jenny! And if you want to try a virtual Pilates sessions as one of your workouts, let me know! I’ll totally take you through a fun trial session!
sending love!

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jenny sansouci February 1, 2014 at 11:14 am

Yay Natalie!! Virtual pilates, that sounds fun:)

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Natalie February 1, 2014 at 9:44 pm

It’s SUPER fun! Shoot me an email & we’ll set it up! xo

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Robin February 1, 2014 at 11:16 am

I am going to do this, but at a different level than you Jenny. I am not “fitnessy” at all and I am really feeling the lack of movement lately. I tried running 1.5 yrs ago, but ended up having some hip pain that I still get even when I go walking or cut the grass. My body is begging for some sort of exercise! I needed this inspiring post, thanks. I am going to take baby steps, but I am going to commit to 30 days:)

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jenny sansouci February 1, 2014 at 11:22 am

Robin, that’s so awesome to hear. I’m excited for you. Even walking or gentle yoga is an amazing place to start! Keep me posted!!

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Nancy Sansouci February 1, 2014 at 11:24 am

My FitBit and I are in! Today is power walk up/run down a long hilly street near home.

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jenny sansouci February 1, 2014 at 11:26 am

MOM!! Yessss!!! You are my inspiration every day.

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Pauline February 1, 2014 at 11:56 am

I got my fitbit yesterday, and walked 18000 steps my first day ! And today went for a walk to get more steps (something I would normally never do ) I am in !!! #perfecttiming

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jenny sansouci February 1, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Amazing!!! Fitbits are great motivators too:)

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Caitlyn February 1, 2014 at 2:31 pm

I so want in! Last week I decided it was time for me to also step out of my workout comfort zones (I only do core power yoga or walking) so I signed up and have been going to this place: http://www.airfitnow.com
Holy cow this place is challenging and different. Im still sore from some tricks I tried on the silks last night. Good luck to you and everyone else trying the challenge! I’ll try to post a few “new” workouts over the next 30 days :)

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Semara February 1, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Count me in! :). Let’s start of and finish 2014 strong and fearless!

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Fatima February 1, 2014 at 5:19 pm

I’m totally in! I do yoga and want to incorporate more running and HIIT into my physical movement choices, maybe try a spin and Zumba class this month. Thanks for calling it… definitely need the inspiration!

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Jeanne February 1, 2014 at 10:19 pm

#thebarmethod

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Iris Noon February 2, 2014 at 12:32 am

I was planning on getting to pilates 4x a week, doing dumbbell exercises 3x a week & aiming to improve my distance of 4km runs to 5km runs this February anyway. Was really glad to see your post on instagram and know that others have fitness goals this month as well! Can’t wait to check out what everyone else is getting up to. Will definitely keep you updated on insta, thanks for adding an element of fun to this months fitness plans xx @irisesnoon

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Alisha Lewis February 2, 2014 at 11:04 am

I was in yesterday. :) Maybe I will incorporate 8 completely new workouts as well. I have already started charting my workouts on my calendar.

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Meghan February 3, 2014 at 7:11 pm

I’m in! I do the same things everyday – bar method or Pilates and elliptical or running. Time to try something new! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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