The Health Room #LentChallenge – 40 Days of Healthy Habits

By Luke Jones. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. 

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I don’t think I would really label myself as a religious person, but I do recognise that we can learn a lot from religious teachings and practices.

Today marks the beginning of Lent, the period of time in the Christian calendar that represents the forty days and nights Jesus spent fasting and praying in the desert, preparing himself to do the work of God. Whilst he was there, Jesus was tempted by the devil, and for this reason, Lent is often associated with giving up a vice; something that tempts you.

Whilst you may have an unhealthy habit you may wish to drop (and I’m all for that), you could also put a positive spin on Lent and use it as an opportunity to take up something new. Something that will move you closer to a healthier future, both for yourself and the people around you.

Many Christians use Lent as a time for self improvement, to help others, or to appreciate the things they already have. These sorts of actions bring us closer to our true nature. You can call it God, Allah, the universe, the Self – whatever word you want to use, Lent is a time to look inside and make changes that are aligned with who we truly are.

So I’m posing a challenge.

Let’s use the next forty days to better ourselves. To get a little closer to our health potential, and live more authenically.

Join me on the Health Room #LentChallenge, and start making those changes you’ve always wanted to make. If you make it through to the end, there might be a special prize…

The Rules of the Health Room #LentChallenge

The rules are simple:

1. Just pick one or two habits from the list below (or make up your own)

Choose ones that excite you the most. Why just one or two? Because the more habits you attempt to form at once, the less likely you are to succeed.

2. Perform that habit every day, for the forty days of Lent.

Keep a record of your progress, and although one day missed here and there is not the end of the world, endeavour never to miss two days in a row.

3. Stay accountable.

I’ll be doing the challenge along with you guys, so we can keep each other accountable and provide support. Let me know in the comments section below which habit you’ll be working on and keep me updated on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #LentChallenge

4. If you make it to the end, you get a prize.

Not just the satisfaction of completing the challenge and forming a new habit. I’ll send you a gift – a sneak preview of a new project I’m working on, and an opportunity to be a part of it…

The Challenges

Here are twenty challenges you can choose from. If you have any better ideas, by all means go for them instead.

  1. Meditate for 5 minutes upon waking.
  2. Perform a random act of kindness.
  3. Read 10 pages of a book.
  4. Write in a daily journal or blog.
  5. Learn something new every day. Write it down. 
  6. Write down something you are grateful for before you go to bed.
  7. Have a green smoothie for breakfast every morning.
  8. Try a new healthy recipe every evening, with lots of plants and whole-foods. 
  9. Walk or run every day.
  10. Perform a mobility or flexibility workout when you get up.
  11. Practice handstands for 5 minutes every day. 
  12. Go without social media. Every… Day…*
  13. Do something that scares you. 
  14. Try intermittent fasting.  
  15. Practice art (playing an instrument, painting, drawing, singing etc.)
  16. Do something that will bring you closer to following your passion. 
  17. Reach out to a friend or family member, just asking how they are. 
  18. Explore somewhere new every day.
  19. Avoid using your car – opt for public transport, cycling, or walking instead. 
  20. Only have cold showers.

*As Melissa kindly pointed out, if you’re taking the social media detox challenge, you’ll want to avoid Twitter and Instagram. So rather thn reaching out to me on there, keep me updated using the comments section below

I’ve already been building upon quite a few of these habits, but I’m gonna be picking two to really focus on over lent.

The first is number 11 – working on handstands everyday. 

As you might know, callisthenics is a passion of mine. So many principles in bodyweight fitness translate over to the rest of my life, and I’m really grateful that I found it.

One of my big goals is to take my handstand progress further. I’ve been on a roll with my practice lately, and I want to keep the momentum going, so hopefully this challenge will help.

The second is number 2 – random acts of kindness. 

We’re all helpful people at our core, but I think that sometimes we get so caught up in ourselves and the stressors of modern day life, we forget who we really are. So I’m gonna make a conscious effort out reach out and help others every day.

I’ll be keeping you updated on Twitter and Instagram with my handstand progress, using the hashtag #LentChallenge, and it would be awesome if you guys did the same with yours.

I’ll keep the random acts of kindness to myself. I feel like if you do something good for someone and then tell the world about it, it kinda negates the act. So I’ll keep that one quiet…

So, are you ready to make changes and start putting your ideas into action? Then join me on the #LentChallenge!

Don’t forget to let me know what habit you’ll be working on in the comments section below, and keep me updated on Twitter and Instagram.

Remember, if you finish the challenge, you get a sneak preview of an exciting new project I’m working on, and a chance to be a part of it…


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Luke Jones

Luke Jones is a mover, blogger and wellness enthusiast. He spends his time exploring and sharing ideas in mindful movement, healthy living and adventure.

9 Responses to “The Health Room #LentChallenge – 40 Days of Healthy Habits

  • fantastic Luke, so well thought out and so simply put! Blessings Joy x

    btw I couldn’t “like” the article because my like button seems to have stopped working< I just get a big box come up, and my lke doesn't register, any ideas?

    • HealthRoom
      4 years ago

      Thanks again Joy, much appreciated.

      Was having a few issues with the site last night, but I think everything seems to be sorted now. Thank you anyway!

  • Love the idea of writing down something you’re grateful for before going to bed. I actually just did that yesterday after a heck of a day with lots of stress (my baby locked herself inside the car while I was filling it up with gasoline). Instead of dwelling on what I did wrong, I focused on how thankful I was that everyone is okay and everything turned out fine. Thanks for the encouragement to do the same during Lent. I will do this.

    • HealthRoom
      4 years ago

      Thanks Jennifer!

      It’s so easy to dwell on our past mistakes and the ‘what ifs’.

      I think this little exercise of writing down what we are grateful for should help to bring back the balance, and put things in perspective.

      Good luck throughout lent!

  • Melissa
    3 years ago

    Love how you want updates and will be posting updates on Twitter and Instagram, but one of the challenges is to go without social media. Or does that not count as social media? I don’t use it so I’m not sure. Just found that funny! These challenges are such a great idea!

    • Haha! That’s true!

      I suppose those who choose the social media challenge can keep me updates here in the comments section instead. I’ll add that into the post!

      Thanks Melissa, have a great day!

  • 10 &12 will be my goals Actually have already refrained from social media since Ash Wednesday so maybe I’ll choose another as a goal #14

    • That’s cool Terri!

      Doing a bit of light flexibility and mobility work each morning has really helped me. My back gets less stiff throughout the rest of the day, and I just feel like I can move more effectively. I like to do a little foam rolling, then a mixture of static and dynamic stretches. If you’re just getting started, 5-10 minutes is great!

      And the social media challenge is a great one too. It’s so easy to get sucked into, and before you know it you’ve wasted half an hour of valuable time. I use social media as a big tool with my business, so getting rid of it completely is difficult for me. But setting healthy boundaries is definitely a good thing. I like to do a detox now and again, and it reminds me to stay in control and keep focussed on the important things!

      It may sound trivial, but it really helps to delete any social media off your phone, and block those sites on your web browser. It makes things way easier!

      Anyway, hope you’re getting on well with the challenge! Keep me updated on your progress, and let me know if you need any support!

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