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Day 22: Go Sweat Instead of Watching TV #30DaysofGOOD

For October's challenge, we're asking you to get healthy, from your feet to your teeth to your brain.


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Welcome to The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD). Each month, we challenge our community members to do something that will improve the world around us—and our own lives. The challenge for October? To get healthy. In an effort to help us all rise to the occasion, we're going to assign one small task every day. Each morning, we will post the challenge on GOOD.is and Twitter, along with a testimonial from someone on the GOOD team who's already completed it. We invite you to complete all 30 mini-challenges with us! Today, we challenge you to:

Go sweat instead of watching TV.

I’m not much of a TV watcher myself and I only recently got a bona fide television set. The one show that does make me enjoy this idle American pastime of wasting away on the couch is The Biggest Loser, bizarrely.

So for this challenge, I decided that instead of just watching the show, I would get sweating and do the exercises the contestants did. If they did squats, I did squats. If they ran a couple miles, I ran in place. The biggest problem came when one of contestants went home to a farm this week. As part of her workout, she had to lift 100-pound bags of feed up and down barn steps. Oddly enough, I don’t have 100-pound bags of livestock feed at my disposal. But I persevered and adapted my own at home workout as best I could.

It felt good to get sweating instead of just watching TV. And though my weight loss from the 90-minute sweat-a-thon couldn't compete with the contestants’ 10-, 12-, and 14-pound losses, I felt the kinship of a group of people getting together to get healthy.

-Becca Nath

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Ready, set, go! Good luck completing today's challenge. Share your experience on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook by using the hashtag #30DaysofGOOD, or let us know how it went in the comments section below.

Tomorrow's challenge: Detox.

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