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I promised to share how LiveWell's Get Movin' Challenge is working for me.
It's been great so far! Since August 1, I have engaged in the following activities:

check-markenjoyed volleyball & picnic in the park with other families
check-markparticipated in the super fun Viva Streets (Coloradans, join me next year!)
check-markplayed tag at a park with my children
check-markswam while my kids had swim lessons
check-markbounced with my kids at an indoor trampoline park
check-markworked out at the gym 3-4 times per week
check-markhiked with my family
check-marktook my children to a roller rink and skated with them

Most days I exercised for more than 45 minutes. I found that even when I had met my daily exercise goal, I continued to seek additional opportunities to be active.

On the other hand, there were days - three of them - that I didn't squeeze in my 30 minutes. I made up for it by exercising twice as long the next day.

Since part of the goal I had set for myself was to try new forms of exercise, and I still haven't got to everything on my list, I'm taking the challenge into September.
Here's what's on deck:

  • go on a bike date with my husband
  • commit to one car-free (or walk-only or bike-only) day in September
  • add one class to my fitness routine (cycle or power yoga)
  • take my family on a hike
  • learn to swim better - take a lesson!

(As an added benefit, I have lost one pound.)

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Dancing Dude

I just signed up for LiveWell Colorado's Get Movin’ Challenge. For those who are unfamiliar with it, LiveWell Colorado is a nonprofit organization committed to reducing obesity in our state. The challenge invites Coloradans to commit to one month of physical activity – at least 30 minutes a day every day – during the month of August.

As it happens, my kids are enrolled this week in a sports-oriented camp.
A typical day looks like this:

8:15-9:00     -    Open Recreation  (Basketball, Soccer, Corn Hole, Twister, etc)
9:00-9:45     -    Rules, Stretching, Name Games & Morning Snack
9:45-11:15     -    Dance/Cheer OR Soccer
11:15 -12:15   -    Lunch
12:15-1:00     -    Lacrosse
1:00-2:00     -     Ice Skating
2:00-3:00     -    Climbing Wall
3:00-3:30     -    Afternoon Snack
3:30-4:30     -    Ultimate Frisbee

I would not have described either of my children as particularly sporty. And yet, they  return home from camp each day raving about how much fun they had scaling the climbing wall and learning to play lacrosse.
That got me thinking – I should make my workout more fun. Here’s how I'm going to do that during the Get Movin’ Challenge:

  • add two classes to my fitness routine (I picked spin and power yoga)
  • take my family hiking twice over the next 5 weeks
  • schedule an evening soccer or volleyball game in the park with other families
  • commit to two car-free (walk- or bike-only days) in August
  • go on a bike date with my husband
  • take another Will Power and Grace class with my friend
  • participate in Viva Streets in Denver on August 11th
  • play tag at a park with my kids
  • swim for 30 minutes during my children's swim lessons

I like this plan. August is going to be really fun.

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