May Move It Challenge

Last night I recalled a playground song from when I was a kid in upstate New York. The person in the middle of the skipping circle had to jump around and/or dance wildly as everyone sang:

"Shake it! Shake it! Shake it!
Shake it if you can,
And if you cannot shake it,
Do the best you can!"

And then the person in the middle (yes, that's me in the middle of the photo on my 10th birthday! lol) would twirl around and around and finally stop and point to the next person as we sang:

"So round and round and round she goes, where she stops, nobody knows!"

I'm struck by "If you cannot shake it, do the best you can!"  I kind of love that line! : )  It says to me that we're not expecting you to be perfect... but, hey! Just do the best you can!  Get out there in the middle of the circle of life (cue Lion King music...) and shake it as best as you know how! 

And that, my friends, is what the theme of the May Move It Challenge is going to be.  Move it.. shake it... get out there and do it!

You've got to try something different this month, you've got to get up and out of your comfort zone and "shake it! shake it! shake it"... or in other words, let's 'move it to lose it'!

Why are you sitting at home in front of the t.v. for a few hours every night?  Couldn't you be out for a walk by yourself or tossing the frisbee with your kid?  How about remembering that favorite activity that you 'used to do' and trying it again?  The May Move It challenge is about baby steps to get you out there ready to make giant steps for your health and fitness.

This is going to be a very simple challenge.  I'm going to ask you (and myself) to commit to 30 minutes a day of movement five times a week.  If you really want to challenge yourself you'll realize that we're already 3 days into the month and count these past days as your "days off", committing to 30 minutes of movement for the next 27 days of May. 

I'm going to be walking every day but you can do whatever you  wish so long as you're moving your body for 30 minutes daily five days a week.  Who is with me? :)

Remember... if you cannot shake it, just do the best you can!

Here's to our health!

Dream. Believe. Achieve!
Jan / HealthyLoserGal 


Unknown May 4, 2012 at 6:01 PM  

I'm with you!

Speakers May 9, 2012 at 7:53 AM  

Really like how well this blog has been set out, it has even given me some ideas for my blog. Good job.

ff12a May 10, 2012 at 12:19 AM  

well you know I am in! I did a 5K mud run last weekend and although that is not really all that far out of my comfort zone I helped someone get wayyyy far out of theirs. Next month I have a 10k mud run. I started C25k thanks a member of the HLG family :) Running itself is somethin way far out of my comfort zone, not to mention running outside and not in on a treadmill. Me in all of my out of shape glory is running around my town for everyone to see :) Wish me luck!! I am planning on running a 5k this summer. No more comfort zone for me :)

Ro @ Eat Live Move May 11, 2012 at 1:24 AM  

I'm also training for a 5k and moving/exercising consistently has helped me tremendously.

Btw, did you read/hear about the study that stated that obese people are NOT at a greater risk of injury if they walk or run. So, IMO, we can no longer make excuses about shaking it! Great challenge!

Eat Live Move

Holly May 11, 2012 at 3:59 PM  

Awesome, love it! If you can't shake it, do the best you can. That applies to so many things in life.

HealthyLoserGal May 14, 2012 at 9:25 PM  

Thanks for all the comments, ladies, and ff12a and Eat Live Move, you two are my heroines! That you're out there and DOING IT is so darn impressive. And Melanie, you know what? Hell yes "in all of your glory"! You're to be judged by no one except yourself, my friend... and look at you GO!! :)