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(Almost) 30 ideas for the 30 in 30 challenge
Published date: 01 October 2020 by Rosie Parish
So much has changed in the world as a result of Covid-19 – including the ways in which our incredible fundraisers and supporters raise money for Zoё’s Place - and a lot of uncertainty remains surrounding the pandemic.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that there are still babies and children in our local communities, with serious illnesses, who desperately need our support.
Whilst many challenge events aren’t able to take place as originally planned, one thing that we can all do to help raise vital funds for the hospice is the 30 in 30 challenge. By taking part, you will be directly helping Zoё’s Place Baby Hospice continue to provide its services, for free, to its families and their poorly babies.
If you’re yet to sign up, it’s not too late. For those already registered or thinking about it, here’s some ways you can clock up those 30 miles… and more!
A flavour of the old school
Let’s take it old school with an activity for the whole family to get involved in, by doing jumping jacks – known to some as star jumps – up and down the garden or driveway.
Once a fun and slightly competitive activity to do with friends, now they’re a fun and slightly competitive activity to do for charity.
Either keep it small by doing ½ mile in the morning and then again in the afternoon, or go further if you can.
Act like an Olympian
If you’re not an Olympian, the chances are you instantly feel like one with any physical activity you set your paces to… and why wouldn’t you? But nothing beats feeling more like an Olympian that a good, old fashioned relay race.
If you’re planning to do the 30 in 30 challenge with your family, set up your house and/or garden area as a fun but slightly challenging relay race.
Taking it into the workplace? Organise a social-distancing friendly relay race with your work colleagues around your office or grounds.
Add a dose of fun to your daily walk in the local park or around the garden by dressing up to get the miles in.
If you really want to invest in this idea, then set yourself the challenge of dressing up as a new character each day – or every time you venture out for a walk.
If you’re planning on doing a different challenge every day or think 30 outfits might be just a bit too much to handle, then check out your local supermarket or party shop for an affordable fancy dress costume.
As it’s the month of October, why not dress up as a spooky character to really add some pumpkin spice to your challenge.
One foot forward
We all know that walking is free, simple and one of the easiest ways to get those thirty miles in, but did you know, it is considered to be a better workout than running?
So, if you and the kids are getting involved in the 30 in 30 challenge this year, why not walk to and from school to boost up your mileage. You’ll all be ready to start the day with heaps of energy, plus you’ll save some hard-earned cash on petrol.
Go that extra mile
If your kids’ school is a bit too far away to walk to, then why not park one mile away from the school gates and get your miles in that way.
Not only will parking up be a little easier, but you’ll be raising money for charity in the process. Plus, it’ll give you and your kids something to
talk brag about in the playground. Win, win.
The early bird catches the worm
If you’re a morning person – or struggle to get out of bed in time to walk the 10-or-so-feet to your home office – then an early morning run could be the perfect way to get those miles in, especially if you’re training for one of our challenge events.
It will be tough to begin with, especially now that mornings are much darker, but nobody ever said it would be easy. So get out early and watch the sunrise from the comfort of your Nike’s.
Times have changed and the thought of afterwork drinks with your work bestie seems like a world away from where we are now.
Yes, replacing the likes of Cosmopolitan’s and Mojito’s with a night-time run may not instantly be top of the list, but it is arguably the best choice.
You’ll be raising money for the UK’s only baby-specific hospice and may end up starting a new, healthy habit in the process. And if it’s something you don’t keep up, at least you’ll find out you still prefer dancing the night away on a school night.
Get on yer bike
According to a quick Google search, on average it takes about three to four minutes to cycle a mile.
To put that into context, that’s probably quicker than the time it takes to get through the Drive-thru of your favourite takeaway chain – except all you need to do is take a trip around the block, or further if you’re feeling up to the challenge.
Put those car keys down
Popping to your local convenience store for some late-night snacks? Need to go to the post box? Off for a local appointment?
Instead of picking up your car keys, calling a taxi or hopping on public transport, why not swap out the leisurely option for something more energetic like walking or cycling.
You may have to leave a little earlier than usual, but with little bursts of exercise, you will quickly get closer to those 30 miles by simply doing the things you already had planned.
Take a socially distanced lunchtime walk
We Brits are bad for taking a lunch break, so much so that Bupa conducted research to find out just how many of us take nibbles of our food and sips of our drinks in-between firing off emails, calendar invites and answering phone calls. The verdict? Less than one in three workers take a proper lunch break each day. Oops.
If you find yourself in the majority here, then the 30 in 30 challenge will not only be a literal challenge for you, but offer the opportunity to switch off for an hour and get some fresh air.
Consider venturing out alone to take some time for yourself, or if your colleagues are also taking part then take the chance to catch up or get to know them better.
Get up, stand up
Whether you’re back working in head office, or still find yourself writing up reports at your makeshift desk, the opportunity to instigate a stand up meeting where you walk or jog on the spot is still there.
You may not clock as many miles in comparison to your other daily activities, but every little helps.
Note: some colleagues may think you’re weird, but this is where you can take the opportunity to talk about what you’re doing and who you’re doing it for.
Take the plunge
If walking, running or cycling doesn’t do it for you then perhaps it’s time to take the plunge into the swimming pool to get your miles in. Swimming is great for weight loss, improving fitness and reducing stress – plus it’s a great fundraising activity, too.
In swimming, a true mile equates to 1,609.344 metres, which will, of course, amount to a different number of lengths and laps you need to swim, depending on the size of the pool you use.
Swimming your miles will be a tough enough challenge, so we’ve made it a bit easier and worked out how much work you’ll need to put in:
For a 25 metre pool: 1,610 metres is 64.4 lengths (32.2 laps)
For a 30 metre pool: 1,610 metres is 53.6 lengths (26.8 laps)
For a 50 metre pool: 1,610 metres is 32.2 lengths (16.1 laps)
In the words of one of our favourite fishes, just keep swimmin’…
A bit of a wild thing
If you’ve got the swimming bug or want to be a little more adventurous with the 30 in 30 Challenge, then it’s time to put that leisure centre membership card away and take to wild swimming.
There are plenty of wild swimming spots dotted around the UK, but it’s important you look up the spots you plan on going to before venturing out. This will help to ensure you’re going to a safe place and recognised wild swimming area.
Wild swimming can be dangerous and isn’t for beginners, so before you do anything please ensure you know the risks and how to stay safe.
I think someone’s spilt some salt in here…
If you want to remain adventurous, but stay nearer to people, then it’s time to brave the cold, don your wetsuits and take a dip in the sea, all in the name of charity.
It won’t be easy swimming or keeping track of the miles you’ve done – what without the confines of a swimming pool to keep you and your flippers in check – but you could always check the distance beforehand.
Remember to keep close to the coastline at all times and, if you feel yourself drifting further and further away, call it a day. If you would like to be on a lifeguarded beach, check the RNLI’s list of current beaches being patrolled. We want you to challenge yourself, but only if it is safe for you to do so.
It’s a long way to the top, but the view is great
With travel restrictions at play thanks to a little friend we call Corona, now is the time to take to the UK’s roads to explore what the nation has to offer either alone, as a couple or with your family.
But you won’t just be doing it for the sights – oh, no. Instead, why not take a trip to the likes of South Wales, Scotland or North Wales to climb Mount Snowdon, Ben Nevis or Pen y Fan over a weekend or during the half term.
Make sure you go prepared with worn in walking shoes, water and appropriate clothing – plus your camera for the all-important proof - and remember to keep socially distanced as much as possible.
Jump like nobody’s watching
When we heard about trampoline parks for the first time, we never thought that a family day out could ever be so healthy. But guess what. It is!
Trampoline exercises the whole body and helps improve agility and balance – plus re-living your school P.E. lessons with the kids is nothing short of fun. If anything, it’s the perfect opportunity to show off your best seat drops and pike jumps learnt in the days of yore.
You may not be able to measure your activity in miles, but you will be constantly on the go and could measure your G-force activity in other ways, such as ’30 jumps in 30 seconds’ or ’30 different exercises on one trampoline without stopping’.
Whatever you decide, jump like nobody’s watching.
It’s a dog’s life for me
The great thing about the 30 in 30 Challenge is that you can accumulate your miles any way possible, so if you have a busy life and struggle to fit in extra activities, you can incorporate or slightly adapt your daily life to fit. And in this case, it boils down to the dog walk.
Commit to taking your dog out on a walk for 30 minutes – or more – once or twice a day. If you do this anyway, then keep going with the theme of thirty and, instead, commit to doing 30 new routes in 30 days.
If you have a bit more time to commit or simply want to enrich your life with dogs (who doesn’t?!), then look to apps such as BorrowMyDoggy or reach out to your local animal shelter and see if you can become a dog walker.
Towels. Water. Spin.
Get ready to saddle up for this one, because we’re suggesting you do 30 hours of spinning. Yes, you heard us. THIRTY.
Hardcore we know, but someone’s gotta do it... and it may as well be you. Right?
Sit ups. They require almost no effort in organising a location, time or outfit planning, but by golly is it one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. So sit up, buckle up and get ready to do 30 sit ups a day for 30 days. At least you’ll have killer abs.
It’s certainly not for the fainthearted, which we’re sure you know already, but it will get those pulses racing and sponsorship flowing.
You don’t necessarily have to do it to the music of STEPS, but if you really want to rise to the 30 in 30 Challenge then it’s about time you organised a 30-hour dance-a-thon. Yes. A Thirty. Hour. Dance-A-thon.
If you really want to push yourself, then this is something you could do alone in the confines of your own home and live stream to friends, family and anybody following your progress. Alternatively, get a small group of friends or family together to take the dance-a-thon in turns, still whilst live streaming.
Whichever route you decide to take, to really shout about your dance-a-thon and gain public support, contact the team at Zoё’s Place and they will help you get in touch with your local newspapers, radio stations and TV channels.
So, grab your dancing shoes and put together a pop-tastic playlist to dance away to.
So, there you have it. A few ideas to get your 30 in 30 Challenge off the ground!
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