Nothing goes together quite like cheese and a workout — am I right?
Okay, so it’s not the most logical pairing ever, but Cabot Cheese and Contagion Health have partnered up to encourage all of us to get our exercise in an effort called “Get Up and Move” (you may have noticed the badge just below our Foursquare widget — this is what it’s all about!).
There are many, many websites out there trying to motivate all of us to get more exercise, but this one is a little different. Get Up and Move uses social media tools like Twitter and Facebook to create challenges (which can be posted to your accounts on either service). You can’t just challenge your best friend to do 100 push-ups, though — you lay out the challenge and agree to do something healthy, too.
This example from the Get Up and Move site shows you just how simple your challenge can be — you can keep it easy if you’re just getting started with a fitness routine (gotta love how they worked the cheese grating in!). The thought process is to make your challenge something the other person can do wherever they are (in this case, perhaps the kitchen), to make the exercise fit their life instead of the other way around.
Think of it this way: if you have a friend who works in an office all day, you wouldn’t challenge her to swim laps on her lunch break (unless she has a pool at work and has time to change, swim and get back to the grind). You might, instead, challenge her to walk a lap around her office building (outside if the weather’s nice!).
You know how much easier it is to work out with a friend? This can help you get that feeling even when your friend is on soccer mom duty!
One of my favorite aspects of this program is that you don’t have to sign up with Get Up and Move to participate. You can use your established Facebook or Twitter account to sign in — and then challenge away!
A word of caution, though — if you throw down the exercise gauntlet and challenge a friend to complete a “random act of fitness”, you’d better be ready to accept challenges in return!
So, ready — set — Get Up and Move!