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Thrive Challenge

October Challenge

“Find something you love to do and it won’t feel like work.” True whether you’re talking about work or working out. Finding a fitness activity you enjoy doing is vital to staying committed.

Your challenge this month: Branch out – try a new fitness activity: take a new class, enter a race, or join a team and share it with the community. This is your chance to explore and find a new fitness love!

Choose an activity that interests you, challenges you and rewards you. There are hundreds of possibilities but here’s a few to get you started: tennis, rock climbing, rollerblading, tai chi, curling, or salsa dancing. Be creative! For inspiration, find out how Vega ambassadors love to workout most.

How to participate: Tell us about your favorite way to stay fit; new or old. How did you discover your sport? Why do you love it? What keeps you motivated? Four easy ways to participate - 1. Post a story in the Blog or 2. Upload a Photo and explain in your caption or 3. Upload a Video or 4. Add a comment below.

Prize: One of 3 tubs of our new pre-workout energy drink, Vega Sport. Retail value: $50 each.

Contest closes: Entries must be received by October 31, 2009 at 11:59 PDT.

Winners: Congratulations to Ted, Katerine and Ildiko who's fitness picks was randomly selected for this month's prize!


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Comment by John Stewart on October 31, 2009 at 12:12pm
My heart has always been Art first, Athletics second. The routine becomes beyond boring with running and more than 40 minutes of running really does more harm than its worth. Bruce Lee never ran more than 20 minutes per session - he did run 20 minutes a day. He did not run for longer than 20 minutes for same reasons most trainers say not to and that's muscle and bone break down. My mother was a entertainer and with the basic moves I got from her and my 5 pounds weights I am seeing the best figure of my life.
Comment by martie on October 30, 2009 at 7:52pm
Can't wait to try Vega Sport! Recently I've taken up hoopdancing- hula hooping! Its great fun, good times with friends, and I get a great core and cardio workout in the process. I'm lucky enough to live near one of the best hoopdancers in the country and take her class (Veronika Petra, aka KiT). She's a huge motivation!
Comment by Christine on October 30, 2009 at 7:52pm
Well, I signed up for Ironman 2010. I have never been an endurance athlete and now must teach my muscles that I will not be on a beach playing volleyball next season, I will be in the pool and on the road. I like the water, but I'm not a strong swimmer... I have ridden my bike, a bit.... I know how to run, but a marathon after the rest of it? I hired a coach and start training November 1st, has there been a more perfect start time for a thrive challenge? Challenge indeed....
Comment by Ted Carr on October 30, 2009 at 2:24pm
Here is my entry:
Swimming is my favourite way to stay fit.
Comment by Celina Lin on October 28, 2009 at 1:08pm
I've always been a runner, but ever since I got a stress fracture in my shin, I've been focusing on the other sports I love.
Fencing is my sport of choice! Its great for cardio, strength, and flexibility. Not only do I get to exercise my body, I exercise my mind as well . . . I'm always trying to out smart other fencers.
Skeet and trap season started as well, so if I ever want a good upperbody workout I just take my Beretta and hit the club house. The kick back from the shot gun works my abs and legs to keep me stable, while the movement and control following the disc, works my shoulders. My appreciation for the sport has grown, it is more physically demanding than I ever thought, especially when the weather gets below freezing.
Comment by Brooke on October 27, 2009 at 9:48am
I tried budokon flow and flexibility.. It is awesome , I am going to incorporate it into my regular training schedule.
Comment by Kelly Green on October 12, 2009 at 4:02pm
This past year I have gotten into triathlon coming from having no background in any three of the sports I have been winning first place races in my age group (in sprints)! I want to start doing longer races by I have had a horrible time with running, and don't really enjoy it so this month I have started serious training for a marathon that is in December. It's been pretty tough so far but have stuck with it and am starting to go strictly on the Thrive diet and excited to see how that makes me feel.

I am really enjoying running so far (for the first time in my life) I even did my first 8 mile run in the freezing rain the other day and felt great!
Comment by Anne de Champlain on October 5, 2009 at 12:38pm
Ok, my favorite way to get and stay fit is to have variety in my fitness routines. I used to be a competitive swimmer and then rower. Although I loved those sports I much prefer to mix my training routines now. You can get too much of a good thing.

I usually do a cardio exercise a day, this can be the Grouse Grind which I do once, sometimes twice a week (still for a few weeks), a longer hike, a run, a spin class, a kickboxing class or working out on the cardio equipement at the gym. However I although I run probably three times a week, I am always open to mixing what I do on other days. I also weight train three times a week which I find important for fitness and health. And stretching is something I try to do everyday. I am always happy to throw in a pilates class when I can. And I find the variety of my training keeps me interested and motivated and acts as cross training as well. Some muscle recover while others are being pushed.

When I do the Grouse Grind I usually go with friends. We do the Grind at our own pace but we all catch up at the top over tea and it's such a pleasant outing, we all love it. Although I find it easy to motivate myself, changing it up and doing things with friends (Grouse, a hike) is a lovely way to keep yourself motivated.
Comment by Jami on October 4, 2009 at 3:18pm
I started taking a bellydance class. It's more of a strength building type of exercise compared to a cardiovascular type of exercise, which I prefer. It's really fun and I have made a lot of new friends as well!
Comment by ILDIKO BIRO on October 3, 2009 at 5:11pm
Beside my three day per week workout I just started kick-boxing once a week .It gives me so much energy and the music makes it so much fun, all together is a great workout . It's the best thing to start a Saturday :-)).
Comment by JLA on October 3, 2009 at 7:02am
Well, I used to always be a runner - but due to many circumstances, I don't seem to have the heart or legs to do so right now. I'm trying to accept the fact that this doesn't make me a 'wimp' or 'cop-out' (because I think alot of it is mental)...but I'm trying Spinning which can be intense in a class, but gentler when I go on my own. I'm also biting the bullet and doing Yoga Teacher Training this month - yikes!!! - can you feel my fear?? I've been practicing for less than a year (I know I'm crazy) and have so much to learn, but I think this will be worth the challenge and will help me to learn alot about myself...(or I hope so :).
Comment by Frances Worster on October 2, 2009 at 1:19pm
Well, I'l give you three guesses as to my sport of choice. Yes, it's the horse-jumping life for me, however, I also love my circus silks class, hanging mid-air, pulling yourself up, wrapping your body, letting go and tumbling toward earth. It's a great workout for the chest, arms and back, improves flexibility and is a great way to build bravery!
Comment by Kori Radke on October 2, 2009 at 6:44am
I love to stay active and change my workouts routinely to keep my body guessing. I usually don't like running in the rain as it breaks down my shoes faster and the dogs take forever to dry. But I took the dogs out this AM and we had a very wet, cold but fun run anyways. Training for my first marathon. Won't be until next year, but you have to start somewhere.
Comment by Brandi on October 1, 2009 at 11:54pm
With my son wanting to go mountain biking- i decided it was time to revisit this sport. And boy have I! I really enjoy learning along side both my sons because mistakes are not as embarassing when your kids are making them too. I have enjoyed the rides so much that i signed up and completed my first duathlon. I placed 7th out of 15 women! I felt pretty darn proud of myself - so did the kids. hopefully my new found confidence will open the doors to more adventures!
Comment by Nicole Lund on October 1, 2009 at 10:05pm
I started learning Argentinian and International (as opposed to American) styles of tango this week. Its a great quad workout and and a fun change of pace from my regular swim, bike, run routine.
Comment by Katarine Holewa on October 1, 2009 at 9:20pm
I've started Yoga-Lates & Bellydancing again. I used to be ++ into it, then got into running/blading for the summer, but need to be more flexible again. Good to mix it up more (plus running in the rain's no fun!)
Comment by Kim Henderson on October 1, 2009 at 8:15pm
I tryed a spin class, I dislike aerobics. But the spin class is a fast paced hr. and it's fun. The instructor has so much energy. I am going to enter the biggest looser contest at my job. The person who looses the most percentage of fat wins a big screen t.v. the contest ends Dec. 23rd. and starts Oct. 15th. I am really looking forward to the challenge.

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