With 2022 just around the corner, it is time to start setting your sights on what you want to accomplish in the new year. For many, embarking on a New Year’s resolution is met with a couple of weeks, maybe a month or two, of staying on track and meeting your goals only to gradually fall off the new set course and revert to your old habits. How can you make 2022 different? What can you do to be more focused on achieving your objectives? Well, if you have goals that are centered around your health, wellness, and/or fitness, here is how!
In 2022 the Fitness and Wellness Division of Human Resources is hosting a year-long challenge available to every Henrico County employee and retiree. The challenge, 2022 in 2022, will consist of breaking the year into quarters (13-week blocks) where each quarter focuses on a specific objective. There will be one constant through each quarter which is accumulating 2022 minutes of physical activity/exercise. 2022 minutes may seem very daunting, however let’s look at it broken down. 2022 minutes = 155.5 minutes per week or 2.6 hours per week or 2 hours and 36 minutes per week. If we break this down further, it is:
- 7 days at 23 minutes per day
- 5 days at 31 minutes per day
- 4 days at 39 minutes per day
- 3 days at 52 minutes per day.
An important thing to remember is that this does not have to be strenuous exercise. Increasing physical activity, going for a walk, taking on an at-home exercise video, or attending a fitness class will work! If you would like to learn more about participating, please email Fitness and Wellness at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the year-long challenge, Fitness and Wellness is also continuing the 10-week health coaching groups. The health coaching groups are centered around small group-based topic-specific behavior changes. So far there have been two 10-week sessions completed with great success! Here is what a few who have participated in health coaching so far had to say:
“This group has helped us focus on healthier habits, redefined relationships with food, and set reasonable goals for getting healthy.”
“I learned a lot about eating healthy, and fueling your body without dieting.”
“I enjoyed discussing healthier nutrition habits and choices with other colleagues and our health coach in this work group. We learned useful tips and resources to help us stary mindful of healthy eating.”
“Working with our coach alongside friends pushes me to stay committed and keep the big health picture in mind. “
If you are interested in improving your health and wellness and these health coaching groups interest you, please reach out to Liz Stovall at STO077@henrico.us.