I first heard about Elf for Health from a retweet by a dietitian on Twitter; curiously I followed her link and was directed to Lindsay Livingston’s blog, ‘The Lean Green Bean’. I’m so glad I did! Lindsay and Elle (aka Nutritionella) are soon-to-be dietitians who, in my opinion, are creative geniuses. They’ve organized a 6-week holiday challenge for “elves” everywhere to encourage and be encouraged by others to make and achieve their health and fitness goals. The encouragement works in two ways: First, elves are paired together to act as motivation buddies, exchanging e-mails once or twice weekly to swap recipes, workouts, and support. Second, each elf completes daily challenges and posts their progress publicly. The challenges range from trying a new workout to donating clothes to Good Will.
I'm in love with this challenge for a lot of reasons. The challenges and partnerships hold participants accountable, making them more likely to succeed. It also serves to benefit the body, mind, and soul; and whole-body health is a philosophy to which I definitely subscribe.
Well? Have I convinced you to sign up yet? Go ahead, click it... you know you want to!
The challenge starts tomorrow, but I’m already feeling motivated to get fit, eat healthy, and stay motivated through the ever-tempting and delicious holiday season. I’ll be chronicling my experiences here, and if you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram you’ll certainly see my #elf4health posts there.
Wish me luck!