Day 80: Work It

Anyone who has read this blog for a while knows when I get down, I want to find a solution for it. I want to find a way to pull my brain away from feeling despair and to feel somehow hopeful again.

The post I wrote yesterday morning showed I was feeling down and distressed about COVID-19.

Later in the day, I found that solution. I found it, and it came from a completely unexpected source.

Sam Heughan.

I’m a huge Outlander fan and I follow most of the cast on social media. Sam Heughan is the actor who plays Jamie Fraser, the male lead. Sam is also, by all accounts, one heck of a nice guy. He seems dorky and charming and utterly approachable. And, he is very into fitness and utterly jacked.

For a few years now, he’s been encouraging his fandom towards self-improvement through My Peak Challenge. There are nonphysical challenges but it seems most programs target improved fitness.

Founded by philanthropist and Outlander star Sam Heughan, My Peak Challenge is a global movement dedicated to educating and inspiring its members to live healthier, happier, and more balanced lives while raising funds to change lives.

My Peak Challenge home page

My Peak Challenge, or “MPC”, is running a 30 day Social Distancing Challenge. It’s a series of daily workouts, all meant to be done at home. I did the day 1 workout yesterday and although it was short, it felt quite effective!

WELCOME TO MY PEAK CHALLENGE’S 30-DAY SOCIAL-DISTANCING CHALLENGE! Staying at home and keeping upbeat through these uncertain times is difficult. To help, we have created this FREE program, designed to be simple enough to get you moving at home. We have made it available to everyone and challenge you to complete it alongside us!

MPC 30 day challenge

Later in the day, I received another bit of good news. Fitbit is offering free access to their premium service for 90 days.

At first I admit I shrugged this off a little. I’ve looked at Fitbit Premium before and didn’t see much reason why it would have appeal for me.

I signed up yesterday anyway, because it’s free and why not? And then I googled reviews, wondering if there was something fantastic about it I hadn’t noticed on my own.

There is. Fitbit Premium also gives you access to Fitbit Coach.

Fitbit Coach programs are a series of workouts tailored to your fitness level and ability. Basic members have access to the Get Moving program and can complete 1 personalized workout each week. Premium subscribers have 3 additional programs to choose from and receive unlimited personalized workouts.

Fitbit: About Fitbit Coach

The service has rave reviews. People seem to absolutely love it. I took a quick look yesterday and was impressed, and I’m excited to delve into it more.

Note: The app doesn’t have great reviews. People seem to like it more when they use a web browser.

(Are there other online fitness programs that are usually paid and currently being offered for free? I’d love to put together a list folks can use as a resource. Please add any you know of on the comments below?)

After deciding to devote myself to some new fitness strategies during this period of social distancing, I asked a couple of friends of mine to join me, for additional accountability. They both are fans of Orange Theory so I had a hunch they would be into doing this.

We’re using Google sheets to track accountability because I couldn’t find any apps that suited our purpose

I’m excited to get started with this. I don’t feel good when I don’t move, but my home workout routine was, after one month, already starting to get stale. Having a new program to start and friends who want motivation, too, is something I’m very grateful for. I can’t wait to get started!

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