You may have heard of Project 50 by now. The new trend is taking social media by storm and inspiring millions. So what exactly is it, and how do you start? Here we’ll break down The Project 50 Challenge and everything you need to know about it.
What is Project 50 Challenge?
The Project 50 Challenge is a commitment to changing your life in 50 days. This involves the addition of positive habits to your daily routine, and positive general changes to your life, maintaining consistency with both for 50 days. There are 7 central rules to the Project 50 Challenge.
Project 50 Challenge Rules
1.Wake up before 8 AM
For every day of the challenge, you must wake up before 8 AM. But, you also have to get at least 6 hours of sleep a night and maintain a consistent sleep schedule. This first rule makes perfect sense, as many studies have detailed the positive benefits of going to sleep and waking up early. One relatively recent study published in the Harvard Men’s Health Watch demonstrated that those with a genetic predisposition to rise earlier in the morning were 23% less likely to develop depression. (1)
2. Do your morning routine: 1 hour no distraction
Having a morning routine can be quite beneficial for many. It is an opportunity to have time to yourself before your responsibilities of the day begin. Some things you can do in a morning routine include meditation, drinking a cup of coffee or tea, reading, spending quality time with family or pets, journaling, and drinking water. Having water at the beginning of the day is a great way to ensure you stay hydrated and develop the habit of hydrating yourself. Using a thermos or reusable water bottle is an easy way to remind yourself to keep drinking.
3. Exercise for 1 hour
Exercising for 1 hour a day is vital for the Project 50 challenge. Exercise has a multitude of benefits, for both mental and physical health. There is no specific exercise routine you must follow for Project 50. The only rule is that you must consistently perform some kind of physical activity for 1 hour each day. As we all know around here, exercise is super important for mental health. Physical activity can calm anxiety, improve feelings of depression, and make you happier by releasing endorphins. You can go to the gym for this step or do an at-home workout, whatever works best for you. Some great options are Pilates, yoga, dance, swimming, and sports. To make working out more fun, try getting some nice exercise clothes. Having a good workout outfit can help boost that motivation and will let you feel your best while moving.