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Fitness Challenge Idea: Inspired by the Surgeon General

Posted Apr 25 2013 10:18pm

 

 

 

 

 

My facebook fitness group is gearing up for summer with a challenge inspired by the Surgeon General.  The SG’s recommendations for adult exercise calls for 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week OR 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week OR a combination of the two. Included in this time should be at least 3 cardio , at least two resistance and at least 1 flexibility workout each week.

We are keeping track of our workouts and posting them to our facebook group wall. I am keeping a running total of the minutes per week and the type of workouts per week.  If a group member meets the Surgeon General’s recommendation for the week, they win a badge.  I post the badge on the wall and list all the group names who won for the week. Our  first badge was the “Love Your Heart” badge.

Next I choose a winner’s name at random and they get to give us all a little mini challenge for the next week. It can be anything as long as it’s healthy!  This week’s mini challenge is to wear sunscreen when we are outside.  It’s a good one for me since I have been taking my PE classes outside.

My group also requested some help with what to do for flexibility.  I made them a 20 minute video of my favorite stretches and posted it to our wall.  Here it is so you can use it  if you like.

 

So far the group as a whole has been doing well.  Ten out of 16 members earned the first week’s badge, 14 out of 16 exercised 150 minutes or more, 15 out of 16 exercised 75 minutes or more.  Week one netted 57 cardio workouts, 34 resistance workouts and 20 flexibility workouts.

Would YOU like to try a fitness challenge like this with your group? Contact me and I will answer your questions so you can get started.

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