30 Days to a Happier, Healthier Winter


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Happy New Year! Now that the holiday season is behind you, you're probably ready to settle back into a routine and reevaluate your health and fitness priorities (we know we are!). This time of year, there seems to be a new gimmick around every corner that promises to get you into the best shape of your life this time (and fast).

At SparkPeople, we don't believe in quick fixes--we believe in good, old-fashioned hard work, consistency and determination. However, we also believe that a nice boost every once in a while can re-ignite a spark that's been fizzling out. So, don't start 2014 with a gimmick that's sure to fail, or an exercise program that's way too extreme for your lifestyle. Instead, join our 30-day Winter Wellness Challenge; a realistic, sensible plan that will steer you in the right direction for a happier, healthier year ahead—no gimmicks and no fine print. Just honest, doable challenges to make you feel great, inside and out, all winter long. 
You can head right over to http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/winter-wellness.asp now to check out the challenge, or keep on reading for more details on how the plan works and what to expect.

What can I expect from the Winter Wellness Challenge?
  • Daily Emails to Keep You on Track
    By visiting the Winter Wellness Challenge page and opting in for emails at the top of the page, you can get each day's challenge delivered right to your inbox (or your email-enabled mobile phone) so you know exactly what to do each day to stay on track with the program. Don't worry, we never sell, rent or share emails with anyone else—and we'll only email you for 30 days. Note that once you sign up, you should expect to receive your first challenge email the following day at 8 am EST.
  • 30 Mini Challenges to Help You Look and Feel Your Best All Winter
    Each day, you'll get a "mini-challenge" to complete to help you stay on track with your health, fitness and wellness goals this winter. These will help you stay accountable to your program for the whole month, reminding you of what to do, offering great tips, and keeping your goals top of mind. Challenges will include a mix of workouts, health tips, motivation boosters and simple nutritional challenges. The workouts are designed to be as accessible as possible to limit excuses: No gym membership or equipment required. All you need is a little space and a little willpower!
  • 150 SparkPoints
    Yep, you read that right! You can earn 5 SparkPoints for each daily challenge you complete. Just visit the challenge page each day (go to www.sparkpeople.com/winterwellness or sign up for the emails) and click the "Earn Your SparkPoints" button to signal that you completed that day's task. It's just that easy!
  • Social Support Wherever You Are
    Use the #WinterWellness hashtag on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest to ask questions, post about your progress, and tell us how the day's challenge went. Encourage your friends to join you! When you use the #WinterWellness hashtag, we'll be right there to respond to your posts and cheer you on! Be sure to follow our Winter Wellness Pinterest board, too, for more workouts, eat-right tips and motivation.  
  • Open to Anyone: Invite Your Friends to Join!
    While members can earn SparkPoints for participating, this plan is available to everyone, even if they aren't a SparkPeople member! Share the challenge with your friends by posting it on Facebook, sending an email link, and more. Anyone can sign up for daily challenge emails just by entering their email address. We know that people are more successful when they have support; and sometimes a little friendly competition can do wonders, so get your friends on board to do the daily challenges together for maximum accountability and results!
Sounds great! How do I sign up?
Go to our Winter Wellness Challenge page and sign up by entering your email address. After you've signed up, you will receive one email per day for the next 30 days with a reminder to complete your daily challenge (and get your SparkPoints). If you don't want to share your email, you can still participate: Just be sure to bookmark or Pin the page for easy access.

When does it start?
RIGHT NOW. The plan doesn't have an "official" start or end date. It's open and ready for you to join any day, any week, or any month! The sooner you start, the sooner you'll get the plan, accountability and support you need to help you get to the next level. Don't put off your goals: Start the plan today!

 *NOTE: Your ad-blocker must be turned off to access the content in this challenge. The daily challenge activities show up as pop-up windows, which may be mistaken for ads by your ad-blocker.

The Winter Wellness Challenge, created by SparkPeople's experts, has been made possible thanks to our sponsor Progresso, who has 40+ of filling and delicious soups with 100 calories (or less!) per serving. Thanks to Progresso for making this challenge possible for our readers!

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    For those who are having trouble accessing the challenge: Your ad-blocker must be turned off to access the content in this challenge. The daily challenge activities show up as pop-up windows, which may be mistaken for ads by your ad-blocker. Hope this helps! - 1/3/2014   9:19:40 AM
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    The link won't work for me either. :( I have a chromebook, so I have no other browser available. This makes me sad. - 1/3/2014   8:36:09 AM
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    Links not working. Don't really like having to use several browsers just to get to this challenge. Not sure what has happened here. Can someone from SP please comment and fix this? Thanks. Explorer and Firefox don't really work for me. My computer freezes with those browsers. :( - 1/2/2014   10:56:18 AM
    Think I am going to try it. Going to sign up now. - 1/2/2014   9:12:21 AM
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    The link works for me and I use Chrome. - 1/2/2014   8:05:03 AM
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    I had the same problem using Chrome. Switched to explorer and it worked fine. Was also able to launch the video from the site. You can earn the 5 spark points from the page where you launch the video but you can only earn 3 points if you click the link on the actual video site. - 1/1/2014   11:23:30 PM
    Having as hard a time signing up for this as I did for the Good Belly Reboot! Not good SP. I shouldn't have to open two browser windows to use this feature. - 1/1/2014   11:13:49 PM
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    When I tried to go to the link it wasn't working for me either, so I tried going to it in Firefox instead of Chrome and it worked just fine. Maybe it's something with the browser that's keeping it from loading? - 1/1/2014   10:41:54 PM
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    I did the video right from here vs waiting for the email. There was only 3 points to be earned instead if the 5 pts mentioned above. Maybe I will look for the e-mail and see if 5 pts show up there. If so, I will go through the e-mail for the rest of the week. Really glad there is a January - 30 day challenge. I have slacked off and needed something to follow. Also restarted the 30 day planking challenge that I tried to do back in October. The 20 seconds was easy this time around....Hope I finish all 30 days this time. - 1/1/2014   5:40:23 PM
    same experience as mtdragonfly
    - 1/1/2014   3:46:32 PM
    same experience as mtdragonfly
    - 1/1/2014   3:46:30 PM
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    I would love to join but when I click on the link to go to the challenge it comes up with the header and no join tab. - 1/1/2014   3:21:58 PM
    Joined on Jan 1 !! - 1/1/2014   11:52:57 AM
    I love this format! Thanks for posting a new challenge with this fun, easy format - 1/1/2014   11:37:21 AM

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