First! Welcome to #FitReaders! Jen from That’s What I’m Talking About and I are glad that you decided to join us. We have been doing this challenge since 2013. Doesn’t seem that long but it really is just one of those challenges that give back. If you are here from the last couple of years this 101 might be useful for you too since we will be covering the new Virtual Races. For those new to the challenge hopefully this makes you feel at ease and welcome. At the end I will share some of mine and Jen’s stories which might even help you in this journey cause it can be scary, annoying, and yet totally rewarding. We have been through all those feelings so you are among friends!
First do have to be FIT to join #FitReaders?
NO! Everybody has a different fitness level. We have everything from those that can just commit to 10 min of movement a day to those working on marathons. We have those that don’t do cardio at all but are into strength training, yoga, pilates. Basically if you are ready to commit to improve your fitness then you are welcome. We all need a place where we can feel supported! We need a place we can talk to people that have been there, are there, or are coming up on there. Every person is welcome!
Do I have to have a blog to join #FitReaders?
NO! We have a FB Group and we have a hashtag on Twitter #FitReaders. We have weekly check-ins on both mine and Jen’s blog where you can just use the comments as your check-in point. We have a monthly commit-to-fit so that you can hold yourself responsible. Blog posts are not required (though we love visiting blogs and seeing everyone’s exceptional stories). Feel free to link to any of your social media profiles.
But I am an author can I still join #Fitreaders?
Do you read? (and please if you are an author that does not read—don’t tell me) Of course you can join in! This is for every person from every walk of life. We just all love to read–that is the glue that binds us.
What is the Virtual 5k/10k/Fun Walk Series?
This is new in 2016 and something that I am sure will have some trial and error. In fact, the first thing I am going to do is move the check-in post to a post instead of a page because for some reason comments won’t work on my pages. Some of the questions I have been asked:
Do you have to complete the race in one setting?
The answer is yes. This is meant to push you! However, you are not a time limit so if you need an hour to do a mile–take it! Just push a little bit outside your comfort zone.
Do you have to have a fitbit (or tracker) for it to count?
The answer is no. If you have a park that has mile markers or a 5k track/trail (mine does) then that will work well. Have GPS on your phone? There are lots of free apps out there (some that even tie to charity) that you can track with. Do you have an in-home walking program (such as Leslie Sansone) that has 1 mile, 2 mile, 3 mile tapes? Use those. As long as you have a way to track then you are good! PS I totally just walked the Leslie Sansone tapes and as long as you stay with the music they are totally on target for the steps per mile (you won’t see all the steps if you add the arm movements and the other step exercises but if you just walk they are there)!
What if I fall off the Wagon?
Here is where I think both Jen and I’s stories will help you because you will fall off. The fact is we are here to help you get back on….
Jen’s full story here but here is a little bit ...
Where she was at the beginning of 2014 when she jumped on board:
I also moved for a minimum of ten minutes each day. Here is what I did:
Monday: 25 minutes on the elliptical
Tuesday: 10 minutes on the elliptical
Wednesday: 20 minutes walking while kids were in karate
Thursday: 20 minutes walking while BG was in physical therapy
Friday: 60 minutes of downhill skiing as chaperone of ski club
Saturday: 10 minutes on the elliptical
Sunday: 30 minutes walking
It felt great to just get up and move, and with my expectation and goal of only ten minutes, it was easy to just keep going and do more than ten minutes. I also didn’t dread having to go “exercise.
Where she was by the end of 2014
My movement for this week:
Monday: 52 minutes walking
Tuesday: 31 minutes walking
Wednesday: 43 minutes walking
Thursday: 43 minutes walking
Friday: 31 minutes walking
Saturday: 16 minutes walking
Sunday: 55 minutes walking
That was just in a year and now she is a ROCKSTAR! Her personal journey is so worth reading!
Here is my story from when I started in 2013:
My original goal beginning of 2013: Walking Life: I am really looking forward to committing to walking 30 min a day. I needed a challenge to make me step up my daily exercise. Every step counts and the point is just to get up. So whether you stroll, walk, jog, or run feel free to join in!
What happened: I did that and then I didn’t. I was walking slow and really set myself up to fail because I gave myself too high of a goal. So I backed up and gave myself a goal of just walking every single day. Just getting up and getting active for at least 10 min.
It took until October 2014 (yes 1 year and 10 months later): How I did: I walked everyday for at least 6000 steps! I met my goal except on 10/30 (Only 5600 steps).
Even now my goal is around 8500 steps and this month I am not even doing fitbit tracking because I need to focus on strength. The point is that we all have a starting place. We all need to improve —if not how far, then how quick, if not how quick, then variety, if not variety, then balance. Really you are among people who understand!
So are you ready to join us?
During her non-reading time you can find her hanging with her rescue furr children named after book characters: Lizzie a beautiful cattle dog mix (Pound Pup), Cinder a beautiful Shep/Pitt mix (Pound Pup), and Minerva a beautiful Shep/Pitt mix (Foster Fail). Gathering with friends and family, attending conventions, watching movies/tv shows, rooting for the 49rs, and crocheting.
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