The Get Moving in May Challenge 2020 was a roaring success! We raised £1485 for our chosen charities and had lots of fun along the way. See what the challenge involved below... and watch this space for the next challenge!
As a result of the current lockdown situation, lots of charities are missing out on millions of pounds in donations, which they would ordinarily receive from sporting challenges like the London Marathon. So why not use May as a month to commit to exercising in lockdown for 60 minutes every day and fundraise for your favourite charity?
You can ask others to sponsor you or simply mark your challenge by making your own donation to your charity of choice.
It might be that you are already very active and wish to split your 60 minutes in to two high-intensity 30 minute sessions, or it could be that you don’t currently exercise and a 60 minute gentle walk is enough for you to feel the challenge. Make this challenge personal for you. I have listed some more ideas below.
Mark your progress and complete the different mini wellbeing challenges set for each day. These vary from aiming to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg, to getting 8-9 hours of sleep, to dancing to your favourite music! Many of the mini challenges have a link to more information – simply click on the day in the calendar and it will take you to the relevant webpage. You might also like to print the calendar, stick it on your fridge and tick each day off as you go!
I have created a WhatsApp group called GET MOVING IN MAY, which all challenge- participants can join. Simply text me on 07793021155 and I can add you to the group. This will serve as a supportive and motivating community for everyone involved.
I will also post a motivational message each day on both the WhatsApp group and my facebook page. Feel free to share your progress, fundraising and photos from your challenge on the facebook page and/or in the Whatsapp group.
Click and save the participant badge on the left and share it on your facebook page or in your email to potential sponsors.
Here are some ideas for how you might use your 60 minutes each day (ensuring that you obey the rules of social distancing and lockdown restrictions):
Walking, jogging, sprint drills, cycling, dancing, Pilates, Yoga, HIIT, skipping, shadow boxing, weight training, TRX training, Kettlebell workout, Tai chi, tennis, badminton, gardening, throwing and catching a ball, using any cardio machines you have (eg. a rowing machine, or cross trainer), doing one of the many online workouts now available, or any other exercise you enjoy! It really is up to you.
Remember that if you are pushing yourself hard or doing strenuous activity for an hour each day, it may be wise to use each 7th day for a gentle walk to give your body time to rest and recover.
I plan to challenge myself to run 5 days a week for 60 minutes as far as I can, in as short a time as I can, to do an hour of yoga or strength work on the 6th day, and to do an early morning walk on the 7th day.
Text Nicola on 07793021155 to be added to the WhatsApp group and become part of the GET MOVING IN MAY community. Download your calendar and badge above and start planning your 60 minutes of exercise for each day.