Take up the 66 Day Challenge and improve your life

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They say that it takes an average of 66 days to kick an old habit, or pick up a new one – and now is your chance to do it with the help of others.

A brand new initiative – the Mid Argyll 66 Day Challenge – offers members of the public the opportunity to change the habits of a lifetime.

The project is being delivered by NHS Highland, the charity umbrella body TSI and the local Health and Wellbeing Network, and the whole thing kicks off with full day launch event on Wednesday October 17, exactly 66 days before Christmas.

So now is the time to have a think about what you want to achieve.

Whether it’s a battle against the bulge, walking more, beating the booze giving up that chocolate habit, we all have big or little things we want to eliminate, or good habits we would like to take up.

Individuals can take the challenge on their own, or in groups. People can raise money through sponsorship for local charities or take whatever approach they feel is right for them.

The challenge ends on day 66 – Christmas Eve – and Mid Argyll could be several tonnes lighter, fleeter of foot and healthier all round – a great end to the year and a great start for the rest of your life.

There are lots of local providers such as fitness trainers, local facilities and charities who have experience to help, and it’s a great time to explore what’s out there and make a decision.

For the 66 Day Challenge you might decide to:

  • give up sugar in your tea
  • walk the dog every day at a particular time each day
  • do a 15 minute warm up routine every day
  • take up a yoga and meditation routine
  • give up fizzy drinks
  • give up smoking
  • change your diet
  • take up cycling

Whatever you decide, help will be available should you want it.

Look out for the big launch event in Lochgilphead Community Centre on October 17, where there will be a market place, demonstrations and a healthy food cafe.

For more information on the Mid Argyll 66 Day Challenge, contact Antonia Baird at: Antonia.baird@argyll-bute.gov.uk or call 01546 604270.