May: You Be Fit!

Hey Kids,

I’m hosting a low-threshold and fun virtual fitness challenge for the month of May. I’ve been involved in a similar one myself for the past month and finding it motivating and a good online community.

So, you are invited to get in on this. I’m calling it May: You Be Fit! One cool thing is, it doesn’t matter where you are–Seattle, Memphis, San Francisco, Palo Alto, New Orleans, Asheville, Boca Grande – we all play from where we’re at. Read on to find out how it’s played and to see if it’s your kind of thing.

1. THE CHALLENGE is to do 1000 minutes of aerobic exercise in May. This may seem like a lot, but it’s actually just slightly more than the 30 minutes a day we should be getting anyway. You don’t even have to workout every day, but to stay in the game, you must work out at least once a week and report your minutes every Sunday.

2. The FUN & MOTIVATING PART: You can win money! More exercise increases your chances of winning money, but anyone that reaches the minimum has a chance to win.

3. HOW DO YOU TURN EXERCISE INTO MONEY? Everybody who participates sends me $13 via PayPal. $10 goes into a pot and whoever stays in the game and reaches the 1000-minute goal by May 31st splits the pot! The other $3 goes into a separate pot, 1/3 of this pot goes to the player with the most minutes logged, 1/3 goes to second place person, and the remaining 1/3 goes to another player still in the game via a random drawing.

4. WHAT COUNTS: Pretty much ANY aerobic and strength-related activity counts, but a session must be a minimum of 25 minutes of continuous activity with no break longer than 5 minutes. Walk, run, lift weights, yoga, stair-climb, Cross Fit, swim, bike, Wii fit, skate, take a strength class, whatever. Commuting (bike or walk) counts if it meets the 25-min minimum and steadily keeps your heart rate above a moderate level.

ONLY your longest exercise session of the day counts. So if you do 30 minutes of yoga in the morning and a 45-minute jog in the afternoon, you can claim 45 minutes for the day.

If you do a combined workout– 30 minutes running and WITHIN 5 minutes you do a 20 minute strength session, you can count 50 minutes for that day. You don’t need to workout every day, but you must work out at least once a week and you must reach 1000 minutes by the end to qualify for the prizes.

5. WHAT DOESN’T COUNT: Daily life activities like carrying groceries, gardening or manual labor (if that’s your job) Strolling. Restorative/supported pose yoga.

6. CHECK-INS & MINIMUM LEVELS: You MUST check in on our group Facebook page every Sunday in May and on Saturday May 31st by midnight and list your workouts and minutes for the week. (If you don’t use Facebook, someone else can submit for you or you can email me by 6pm PST and I’ll post for you.) If you miss a check-in, you’re out. If you go a week with no aerobic activity you’re out. This is the honor system, so be honorable.

7. You must sign up and submit your entry fee by April 30th. I need at least 10 people to sign up to go forward with this challenge, and I’d like to get a lot more than that. If you’re interested please comment or message me here and I’ll let you know when we reach 10 people and how to submit your entry fee. This is open to all, so please feel free to share with your friends.

Are you in? It’s gonna be fun and motivating. Go for it! You’ll be glad you did.