#Gymshark66 What’s Next? #After66

Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going.

The #Gymshark66 challenge, experience, journey, chapter of my life has been one I’ll forever remember and just like any other chapter of my life, I like to reflect on it and take away the blessings and the lessons.

Let me tell you about each of the challenges and what I learned, and took away from each of them.

What are my pledges?

  • Train 5x a week on muscle groups Monday-Friday
  • Train abs every single day
  • Walk 10k steps every single day

#ActiveEveryday66

The beauty of this challenge is that it was all about finding ways to be active every day, and luckily for me my pledges already implied that I would have to be active every day not just for that week but for every single day.

And so I was active and I have been active (I haven’t had a rest day since 2020 now, wow that feels like ages ago haha!) ever since then.

#PowerHour66

This challenge was all about waking up an hour earlier than you usually do and take that hour to do whatever you wish to do with it, it could be tidying up your room, reading a book, meditating, working out, anything really that you want to do and use that hour for.

Again, luckily for me, before starting the challenge I set myself the goal of waking up at 6am everyday to go for a quick walk and then have my heavy training session in the early morning just before my working day started and during this week I made sure to wake up even earlier than 6am for it. This is still my current routine and I love a morning workout now way more than I do evening ones.

Once you do morning workouts you never go back!

#EducateYourselfWeek66

This week was an interesting one for me, so the idea behind this is that you choose a topic (any topic you want) and you go deep and explore and actually learn and educate yourself about it. That might include, reading books, articles, papers, talking with expert people in the matter, basically anything that’s going to allow you to actually educate yourself on the topic you want.

I chose to educate myself more about the body, mind and fitness in general, so I spoke with friends who have more knowledge about nutrition and fitness, I surfed the web for articles, papers, information about a balanced body and mind and I chose to read Ross Edgley’s book called “The Art of Resillience” which speaks about unbreakable strategies for the body and the mind.

As a result of this I’ve decided to explore more topics and have purchased more ebooks to read.

#HealthySwaps66

This challenge is about swapping something for something healthier. This is not just about food! This is about any aspect of your life where you can make healthy swaps.

For example, whilst I may have swapped a bit of rice for a good salad at lunch, I also swapped my “lounging time” in lunch break for a nice walk. During lunch I used to eat and then just chill on my phone after eating. Instead what I chose to do was to as soon as I’m done eating, instead of spending time on my screen, I would go for a walk which would also help me get close to hit the 10k steps as a walk at lunch would mean less time walking in the evening to hit the 10k!

#SomethingNew66

This week was about trying something new, it could literally be anything you have never done before that you want to try! This challenge was very exciting but scary at the same time. I’ve always wanted to try shadow boxing as a form of cardio as I’ve always thought it would be a cool way to get the cardio in, but I never really had the courage to go and do it.

So when I was reflecting on what I can do this week that will be new for me, shadow boxing came to my mind and I just thought “you know what, I’m just going to do it” and that mentality helped, because I have no idea how to shadow box, I’ve never done it in my life and I am definitely not a boxer!

I asked a friend of mine for some tips and I looked up some youtube videos and next thing you know I tried shadow boxing! I was meant to do 6 rounds of 2 minutes each and 1 minute break in between the rounds but I was so into it that I ended up doing 9 rounds! (Let’s not talk about the muscle pain and soreness I had the next day haha)

#ForTheWorld66

This challenge is about ensuring you are doing things to help being sustainable and things that are helpful for the world! This could be anything from doing recycling to choosing to walk over driving when applicable to just not using plastic to anything that helps the world!

I chose to make sure I keep all the containers and boxes that can be reused for other purposes. For example an olives container can easily be reused to keep other things in the kitchen so I did that, plus I also kept the grenade box from the care package I ordered to save and store other things in it!

#5KADay66

This challenge was about getting 5k in everyday and you could choose how to do it, it could be walking, swimming, running, cycling, hiking, you name it, just get the 5k in!

I was already doing 10k steps a day (which is around 7k ish kms roughly) but I wanted to do something more for this one so I tried running. If I’m being truly honest, I absolutely hate running, my stamina is the worst stamina ever, I get tired way too quickly at running and it’s very hard for me but I did it anyways. I sprinted left right centre, I paced slow and fast accordingly and got it done but best believe that was super challenging and not particularly my favourite but this was about pushing myself, so it had to be done.

#Mindfulness66

This challenge was about doing things that are mindful towards your mind, we overlook our mind and our mental state so much, so this one was dedicated to ensuring we are mindful of our minds. This can include reducing screen time, going for a walk, reading a book, meditating, anything that helps your mind!

I’ll be honest with you, this was hands down the hardest challenge ever for me, my mind is always thinking about a million things, it never stops, it never slows down, I’m all over the place with my thoughts and things to do and busy lifestyle and now I had to learn how to slow down, take a break, take a breather.

And so I tried something I never thought I would in my life, I tried doing a “mindful minute” which involves meditating for 1 minute. I know 1 minute isn’t much for meditation, but for me it is a lot especially being a beginner myself in this!

Whilst I don’t believe I was particularly good at meditating, I went in with an open-mind and I did try my best and I actually felt very good after 1 minute of just deep breaths and closed eyes trying to calm my mind down.

#SupportYourLocal66

This challenge was about supporting local businesses. This is super important, particularly in these times because in general big businesses seem to be thriving whilst small businesses are left struggling.

I decided to support Vita Solihull that is an amazing brunch place in Solihull which I’ve always wanted to go in but never did because of the pandemic times. So I ordered a granola pot (healthy vibes, good vibes hey) for myself and then ordered a few other things for my mum and brother.

Website: https://vitasolihull.co.uk/

Instagram: vita_solihull

I also decided to support BrainGain as they are a local UK business that has just literally launched! It’s owned by a friend of mine and when I told him I wanted to support them they were kind enough to let me borrow a pair of their amazing adjustable dumbells to use in the last few days of the challenge plus they created a discount code just to support the people in their home gym journeys! This isn’t a brand deal, and I’m not sponsored by them in any form, shape or way, this is literally pure love and kindness from 2 people who share the same vision as me, in this context that is promoting a healthy body and mind.

Website: https://braingain.fit/

Instagram: braingaininc

#Gymshark66

I have no words to describe how much of a personal journey challenge this has been, for the first time ever I decided to participate in this challenge and it’s helped me take myself out of a bad place and bring me back into a good place.

All I can say is thank you to Gymshark, thank you so much for creating this challenge, it’s changed my life for the better, it truly has.

#After66

For those of you wondering, this hashtag was one that I created randomly as soon as the #Gymshark66 challenge ended, it just made sense right, the real challenge begins now, and that is no more and no less than the journey after the 66 days. So #After66 just sounded about right here!

This isn’t the end, it’s only just the beginning.

I’ve successfully formed the habits of doing those pledges I committed to and I’m in auto-pilot right now, I’m literally training and doing it all every single day and I can’t stop, I won’t stop! I’m going even harder now! Furthermore, all of the weekly challenges taught me something new, I want to apply all those learnings and incorporate it into my journey as they are all essential different aspects of life that are important.

I started this article by saying this and I’ll end this article by saying this:

Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going.

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