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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Run My Own Life May Fitness Challenge

Welcome to my first monthly fitness challenge for Run My Own Life fitness media.  It won't be my last.  I intend to start doing this on a monthly basis and to step up my sporatic fitness posts into a daily, full fledged fitness inspiration mini-web, starting in May 2017 with this first challenge.

For those that don't know me or are new to me, I began in August 2016 to separate my fitness interests, activities, and inspirational postings into a separate Instagram - Runlifekwc - and have spent the last 9 months feeling out my direction with my web presence.  At first, I created a separate blogger account for fitness, but I discarded that due to the time needed to maintain a separate account and the fact that I didn't have a daily focus upon which to post and build.  That is changing, now, but I feel that it is a better fit as an element of the greater Forward to Happiness focus that I have, since establishing a fitness routine will lead to better health, better energy, better confidence, and a better life, as well.  

Just as my entire website has just undergone a massive update, my fitness web is about to do so, as well, and here is the plan, as it sits now (of course I am going to be following the Lowe's theme of Never Stop Improving for my site that is something more original to the very concept of fitness, through the ages.

1.  Websites - As stated, above, I have a longstanding instagram that will continue to grow.  A few weeks ago, I created a twitter account of the same name and same fitness focus (click on the link to follow).  In 3 weeks, it has already reached about 300 followers.  That is where you can find the most recent fitness posts and tweets, though the Instagram is a close second.  Third is going to be this website.  Starting in May, I will be posting updates to this page on a routine basis.  I would like to say on a daily basis, but I think that would be too much to maintain, so go to the Twitter and Instagram pages for daily, though the twitter feed will be live on this page, as well.  However, I will be doing at least 2 posts a week (midweek and weekend) to chart my own fitness progress, tips, and inspirational items, as well.  I will be creating a tab on this page for these posts, so you can see them all in one place.

2.  Challenges.  This is a new thing for me to do, and I don't even know how this will grow over time.  It will kinda depend on what works and what doesn't.  However, starting in May, I am beginning with a daily challenge.  #summeriscoming as they say, that the weather is fitting for is a good time to amp up your program and fulfill those fitness resolutions you made at the start of the year (and after ever big meal ha).  Fitness covers a wide and diverse field of activities.  For me, it started with running, and I will keep that as my main focus.  However, I..personally...can't run every day.  Hats off to those that can, but my aging muscles rebel if I try to do that.  So, I added into my routine #yoga but, while that worked for stretching out my muscles and is important for peace and balance (thus remaining in my program) I wanted more activity on non run days, as well.  So, I added in Leg Lifts and a little abs work.  Yet, I want to step it up a notch.

So, starting May 1st, I will be using the Sworkit app for both my Yoga and my Cardio workouts, and I would recommend it to others to use, as well.  However, it is not required for my challenge.  My challenge is pretty basic.  Here it is....

For the month of May, I challenge my followers to do at least 5 minutes of exercise, every day.  I will be doing much more of that, but don't feel you have to keep up with it.  Indeed, my own fitness activities will be surpassed by many of those out there, as I am not a hard body, super-diet, gym body, and I can't run a marathon or even a half marathon, and I don't really want to.  I want to promote a fitness program that the average person can fit into their lifestyle...and still enjoy their life.

So, start with a 5 minute commitment.  It can be using a fitness app (sworkit allows you to enter how long you want to exercise and gives you activities for that time frame), or it can be as simple as using something like a fitness band or simple leg lifts, standing or laying down, before you nod off to sleep.  Of course, I encourage you to increase that over time, as I have done and continue to do (up to 4 miles each run time, now, which has taken me some time to get to doing).  

At this time, I can't afford to offer any medals, as I am also not charging any fees for my coaching, but you can freely donate to me, here, if you so desire (anything is appreciated).  But, I can offer you more confidence, better health, and a direction toward the body you desire to have.

So, to continue, as I said, starting May 1st, I will be using Sworkit for my non running fitness, days.  There are several reasons for that.  First, it is one of the FEW fitness apps I have found out there that allows you to track BOTH Yoga AND Cardio fitness.  Second, as you can see in the beginning picture of this blog post, you can select what type of exerise you wish to do, then, you can customize it and select the time amount you desire to do for that type of cardio, yoga, or stretching (It fills in the time period with a suffle of the items you choose to fit the period, though I believe you can shut off shuffle, as well).


All you have to do is select customize.  Then, you can select the programs that you desire in your fitness program for it to use and save it as a custom fitness program.  Once you do that, you can select your customized plans from the star icon at the bottom of the first page, as you go into the app, where you can, also, if you so desire, commit to a full fledged fitness routine that takes you through 6 weeks, 3 times a day, program, which you could also do for this challenge.

But, whether you follow along and use this app for yourself or choose your own methods, follow along with my social pages to see my progress and get fitness meme's or tweets to help you follow your path to a happier you.

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