Shoot for the Moon
1. Register for the challenge (this is how you'll be entered in the prize drawing and let us know your t-shirt size, school team, etc.).
2.Create an account with ChallengeRunner to log your mileage for our challenge. Once you've created an account you can download an app from the App Store or GooglePlay for easy mileage entry on your phone!
3. Log your miles regularly through April 14th and watch your email box for weekly updates on our progress, challenge events, and health & wellness tips.
4. Mark your calendar for April 20th, when we'll draw for the grand prize at our Community Health Expo at the Bigwood Event Center in Fergus Falls.
We know winter can be a difficult time to get moving when you live in this part of the country! That's why we created this challenge to help motivate our communities to be active through all seasons and to make it a lifestyle habit to be physically active during all seasons of the year.
Here are some tips to help you get out and get moving:
- Sometimes the hardest part is just putting on your shoes and lacing them up. Once they are on, you can't look back!
- Get out the leash and walk your dog. It's a great activity for both man and man's best friend. Your heart — and your pooch — will thank you!
- Take your child for a brisk walk. It's an excellent way to get some one-on-one time (or one-on-three, depending on the size of your brood.) Spice up your routine by exploring new neighborhoods or turning your walk into a scavenger hunt.
- Mall or School Walk. Are you sweating (or shivering) at the idea of walking outside? Take a brisk stroll around the mall or your local school instead to give your heart a workout in a climate-controlled environment.
- Join a team or a group fitness class. Pick an activity you love and round up some friends. Team sports and group activity can be fun — and keep you motivated and accountable. The YMCA has several winter leagues to choose from and there are many group fitness options around the area from Yoga to Zumba.
- Walk and talk. Even if you're glued to your phone for work calls, you don't have to be glued to your seat. Make it a habit to talk and walk. Some workplaces have walking paths to make it even easier to burn while you earn.
- Tune into fitness during TV time. Reject your inner couch potato. Walk, jog in place or use the treadmill at the gym while you watch your favorite 30-minute show.
- Park and walk. How many times have you circled the parking lot to find "the" spot? Spare yourself the stress and gain more energy by parking far away (or even in a remote lot) and walking farther to your destination.
- Take the stairs. The elevator may go up — but it doesn't make your heart rate climb. Take the stairs instead. You may huff and puff at first, but over time, your body will thank you.
- Dance! Do it in a ballroom, at a club or even in your living room. You'll burn calories and gain a new hobby.
- Skip the cake, say goodbye to pie and take a walk after dinner. You'll get a reward that's sweeter than dessert: more family time
If these ideas don't work for you, find something that you enjoy. Ditching the excuses can be the first step to a healthier you. Of course, if you have an injury, talk to your doctor first to see if there's a low-impact exercise you can do or find out if you should wait until you're healed.
Have another idea to share? Send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add it to the list or share it in the weekly participant newsletter!
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