You're already a role model. Why not be your best version?
It's not always easy -- or comfortable -- thinking of yourself as a role model.
Yet, chances are you are a role model to someone. Your children. Your spouse. Co-workers. Friends. Sometimes, you are a role model for people you don't even know.
What better way to set an example than by taking control of your health?
Applications are now open for the 2020 Fittest Loser Challenge. It's not an easy proposition. Changing habits never is. You'll have to change the way you eat and you'll be exercising with a personal trainer from Push Fitness, working out on your own and taking group classes. In other words, you will be exercising a lot -- most every day of the week.
You'll be doing this with all eyes on you. No getting around the fact that your progress (and your weight) will be recorded in the Daily Herald every week for 12 weeks. Before and after pictures will out there for all to see.
It's a big commitment, but big change requires it.
The bonus is you will be helping others as well as yourself. They will read about your progress and your pitfalls. By watching you go through this, it becomes more doable for them. In other words, you become a role model, a change agent. You will be an inspiration.
So here's your chance. The Daily Herald is accepting applications for both the Fittest Loser Challenge and the Fittest Loser At Work Challenge until Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.
For the individual competition, the Daily Herald will select five contestants, who will receive 12 weeks of free instruction from a personal trainer from Push Fitness in Schaumburg. The program pairs each contestant with an individual trainer for one-on-one workouts, as well as group "boot camp" sessions.
The Fittest Loser winner will be chosen based on percentage of weight lost.
In the At Work Challenge, teams compete against other teams in the friendly, 12-week competition that runs parallel to the Fittest Loser Challenge from February to May. The winning team will receive a donation to the charity of its choice, as well as individual prizes. The team scoring offers a bit of privacy -- no individual weights are published.
To apply for either of the Fittest Loser programs, go to https://events.dailyherald.com/fittest-loser.
Again, the deadline is Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. Think about it. This is your chance to be a role model. We know you can do it.