Monday, April 19, 2010

30 in 30 Challenge: More details and update

Here are the details of the 30 in 30 Challenge:

At least 30 minutes of activity, every day. I believe that daily activity is the thing that keeps me most grounded -- when I let that slide, everything else goes by the wayside. When I am staying active, I also naturally do other things that keep me feeling good.

I think that as a species we evolved to be active and that a lot of our modern health problems are a result of too much butt time. I don't think that the 30 minutes has to be heart-pumping, "in-the-zone" training every day, though.

SO, if you want to participate, here are the details:

  1. Get 30 minutes of sustained activity, either all in one session or in 2 sessions of 15 minutes each, every day of the challenge. If you do more, great, but this challenge does not allow you to "bank" or "make up" exercise. This challenge is about daily activity. Just consider anything extra as a bonus for your body.
  2. Come here and post to tell us what you did so we can cheer you on.
  3. You will get one entry into a drawing for a $15 iTunes gift certificate for every day that you check in.
  4. On Day 31, I will randomly choose from all the entries and announce a winner.
What can 30 days of activity really accomplish?
  • If I walked for 30 minutes every day of the challenge, I would burn 2,850 calories.
  • If I did a 30-minute yoga video every day, I would be very relaxed and would burn 1,860 calories.
  • If I biked at 10 m.p.h. (slow pace), I would burn 6,210 calories.
  • If I spent the time cleaning my house, I would have a much cleaner house and I'd burn 2,490 calories.
  • If I spent the time gardening, I'd have a beautiful garden and I'd burn 3,720 calories.
  • If I spent the time playing golf and pulling my clubs behind me, I'd burn 4,080 calories and swear a whole lot.
  • If I spent the time swimming slow laps, I would burn 8,670 calories!
You get the idea. Besides the calorie burn, you will feel better, be less stressed out, and have more energy. When I work out every day, I also sleep better.

Today I did my planned yoga class and also got some bonus activity. It was a nice day so I went for a short walk and also did some of that strength training I've been putting off. Tomorrow's plan: I just downloaded the Bridge to 10K app, since I have completed Couch to 5K. I plan to start with the first day's workout tomorrow.

What did you do today? What are you going to do tomorrow?


  1. Do you take yoga at a studio or gym? How do you like it? I've been a member at a gym since I was 16, and have been too intimidated to take a class. I'm not the most coordinated person in the world!

    Today I did 1 hour of weight lifting and 30 minutes on the elliptical. Tomorrow maybe I'll take a yoga class at my gym? I've never done yoga before. Any tips aside from bringing my own mat?

    This is such a great idea! I've been thinking about 30 in 30 for the past couple of days since I saw your first post about it.

  2. this is a tough challenge for me since my only time to hop on the treadmill is 5:30 AM (work and kids activities) but I'm going to try! Yesterday and today, I did just that. Tomorrow, I hope to get outside since I don't work and it's supposed to be mid-60's and sunny! We can do this!

  3. Today I did my running program on the treadmill for 30 min, tomorrow I plan on doing my zumba dvd

  4. I would recommend arriving early and telling the instructor that you're a beginner. That way she can help you modify any poses that are too challenging. The best thing about yoga is that everyone can adapt the poses to suit their level of strength and flexibility, but if you're just starting out, you might not know how to do that.

    Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in, but don't go in anything too loose either. I always try to wear a top that is a little bit more fitted so it doesn't leave me exposed when I'm bending forward. Baggy t-shirts can sometimes flip over my head in some of the poses.

    Usually yoga is done barefoot and you leave your shoes outside the yoga room, but you might want to bring in a pair of socks and a light jacket to put on during the final relaxation, because when you stop moving, you might get chilly.

    Enjoy! Looking forward to hearing what you think.

  5. Can I join? I did my thirty today-- morning walk (30) plus evening weight workout (25). That counts, right?

  6. That counts!

    People can continue to join throughout the challenge.

    Ok, time for my run. Cheers!

  7. I ran 14 miles yesterday and today I have yoga (for an hour). Since our weather has been so nice lately I'm planning on going for a walk too.

  8. I walked to bookclub and back - about 50 minutes there and 50 minutes back.

    I love this challenge.

    Tonight my plan is to go to the gym and run a bit on the treadmill and do some weights.

  9. Zumba! Still have to do my weights, groan.

  10. I got in an hour walk with the dogs and my was what I could do!


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07