As some of you know I’m often over on twitter and on Tuesday evenings between 8 and 9pm I join in a chat with a group of twitterers who come together to chat with each other. Most of us are from the western edge of Europe (Britain and Ireland) however lots of people are joining in from elsewhere and it’s great fun. You just search for the hashtag #paleohour on twitter on a tuesday eve and join in, although it can be hard to follow a conversation you will develop your own knack for doing so.
This week some paleo peeps were talking about doing the Whole30 which is a 30 day plan to clean up your eating when some others realised that really they needed some help with increasing/changing their exercise regime or, like me, motivation to exercise regularly.
So the creatives (well done!) came up the the notion of #Fitness30 – moving our bodies for each day of November, doing something new be it going a 30min walk or trying a yoga pose. It will be different for each of us. We will try to keep a record or our efforts either by posting on twitter using the hashtag #Fitness30 or on facebook (same hashtag) or some people write it up on their blogs.
Sometimes social pressure can be unhealthy, for example people can develop strange ideas about the perfect body if they are influenced by mass media or find it difficult to change to healthier eating patterns if their peers pressure them into not being “different” however this is one time where I am going to use social pressure to help me make some positive changes. We can choose to use social pressure to motivate and encourage us to make changes that seem difficult to make alone.
I don’t exercise in any particular way and some days I exercise very little so this is a big motivator to me to get off-my-butt and do something everyday. Mostly I think I will go for a walk (30 minute minimum) however I may surprise myself and find that I am trying out some rusty Yoga poses. You will have to pop over to Twitter to find out!
I am in the fortunate position of planning some work in Portugal this winter and if all goes according to plan we will be heading away in mid-November. I hope to keep up the #Fitness30 challenge while we travel and once we arrive however I may not be able to tweet about it each day as I don’t yet know what my access to the internet will be like.
Please let me know if you are going to join in, leave a comment here or over on either facebook or twitter. It would lovely to hear from you and know what you are planning to do too.