How To Get The Most Out Of 5050OCF
(and how to get others to put the most in)
Tips on designing your 5050OCF challenge
You can simply resolve to cover 50kms of distance at your own pace, in your own style, over the month of July. Maybe a short walk, run or bike ride daily, or a longer one a few times a week. But if you're looking for ways to spice it up a little, here are some possibilities:
- Take the lead from this brilliant Spanish father-and-daughter duo, who put on different costumes every day to take the bins out. Design your 5050OCF challenge costume(s). It hardly has to be as elaborate as these ones, but people are much more likely to sponsor you if they think you're willing to look a bit bonkers. Did we say bonkers? We meant adorable.
- Maybe you know of fellow fitness enthusiasts who have home exercise equipment, say a stationary bike or rowing machine. If so, why not set up a virtual "race"? Schedule a Zoom, Skype or Google Meet, and see who gets to 10, 20 or even 50kms first. Who knows, these sport-less days, maybe you'll even be able to sell (virtual) tickets!
- Not ready to brave the streets or parks clad in full-body lycra just yet? See how quickly a few laps of even a small garden mounts up. Download a fitness tracking app and see how many kms you rack up just with average daily activities, like shopping or picking up after the kids.
- Perhaps you've decided you're just going to walk the 50kms over the course of the month. Who's to say that your walk has to be… unsilly?
- Install a free step counter app on your smartphone, and see how many steps you can rack up and by pacing back and forth across the living room while bingeing Netflix. Then, all you have to do is measure your stride, multiply by the number of steps, and voilà! We bet you the distance is bigger than you thought.
- Dance your 50kms away. Dance your 50kms away. We've found that the tango, the waltz and a modified version of “Come Dancing” are actually pretty good for covering ground. Any kind of dance moves will rack up the steps on the average pedometer if you do it hard enough. Who would not sponsor a 50kms dance challenge?
- If the weather is against you, an easy 20-minute aerobic workout, or even 12 minutes of jogging on the spot indoors also counts. There's a vast number of YouTube tutorials that can help keep things interesting, even if the scenery isn't changing.
Here's a couple to get you started: