What is the 5×50 Challenge?

Interested in Learning More About the 5×50 Challenge? Read on…

Thea Newcomb - 5x50 Challenge 201430 March 2014 marks the 3rd year running (pun intended) of the 5×50 Challenge. The 5×50 Challenge is the brain child of Kelly Mason who is based here in Glasgow Scotland. Kelly, along with a “core team” of fantastic people, created this life-changing challenge. The main aim is to encourage “people to run, walk, jog or cycle 5K (or 30 minute exercise equivalent) every day for 50 days”…hoping that, in turn, will create ongoing lifetime habits.
For some, it’s an easy feat, for others it seems an impossibility. This is my third year taking part in the challenge (and yes, I did manage to complete it successfully both previous times!) Essentially it is a GLOBAL fitness challenge for both fitness and charity!

HOW DID I DO IT?

I mostly walked it in both the previous years, but on some days, when energy levels were up, I would run. On other days, when it was low, I would bike it.

Breaking it down – all a 5k is is 3.1 miles. That’s really not so bad.

One up the “upshots” that I experienced in doing it, was shrinking more than a stone! (After being a total-winter-sloth, it’s my aim to slim down by at least that – and hopefully more this time!)

My 5 Tips for Surviving the 5×50:

Thea Newcomb - Fitbit Flex - Dashboard Feb 191) Vary your workout in terms of the route you take and exercise you do. Bike. Swim. Run. Walk. Roller skate. Play football. Whatever.

2) Get a Fitbit (or similar wearable device) to keep exact track of your daily fitness. I never leave home without my Fitbit Flex (see it here on Amazon UK or here on Amazon US).

3) Team up with family and friends on the challenge to keep motivated. There will be times when you just “can’t be arsed” – so you’ll need people to keep you motivated to stick with it!

4) Reward yourself from time to time. For me, that reward might be to psyche myself up for 5-mile walk (did I mention I tried to average five miles a day not K? I did), and then come home to a big scone with jam and clotted cream!

5) Use workout time productively, sometimes! I mixed it up. Some days my walks were head-clearing walks, so silent. Others were working walks so I’d listen to podcasts about Social Media and the like. On some days, perhaps when I needed it most, I listened to inspirational or motivational speakers. Super rainy nights I’d often go to use the treadmill at the gym and read Ebooks (work or pleasure – depending on my mood). Finally on days like today, I’d do the entire walk writing a blog! This very blog was written as I’ve weaved through Glasgow’s south side (taking care to keep eyes peeled for pedestrians, puddles, poo and of course cars too!)

So yeah, that final tip is a big one really….Simply find a way to weave the 5×50 fitness into your routine so it becomes a part of your daily life, and hopefully a habit that will be set to continue.
As I say, it’s not starting until the end of March, but I am already trying to get back into the swing now, so it’s less of a shock to the system when the launch day kicks off.
Plus I really need to tackle that aforementioned winter sloth poundage I put on!

One last thing – another way I document my #5×50 journey is through pictures. I tried to take a picture (or many photos depending on where I was) on almost every workout. (Not the treadmill workouts, but when I was out and about).

Now that I am new to the Instagram party – I’ll aim to do so there – join me on Instagram if you’re on it. I could use a few more people to interact with over there!

Why not join me in the challenge? Follow along on social media #5x50Challenge. Check out this video by Tim Berridge at Dividia – below or on the 5×50  Youtube channel!

Incidentally – a lot of the places you see the team running in that video is where I tend to do my 5ks! Love my city!

Wherever you are in the world, I do hope you’ll consider doing this challenge for charity – either Sport Relief or perhaps another one that’s special to your heart…?

Facebook-Free for October

And so begins another, potentially, life-changing month…

Thea Newcomb off FacebookRecently, I’ve come across a few articles about Facebook that have made me think about the time spent on there. You know what I mean, standing in line at the bank or the grocery story, on public transport, when out for a meal and your friend (or whoever) nips off to the loo, etc – what’s the first thing we do? We pull out those phones and scan the news feed to see what everyone else is doing!

Facebook Fatigue

First off, let me start by saying that I have a love/loathe sort of relationship with the platform to begin with. How I feel about it usually is determined by how I am feeling in general.

More often than not, I think FB can be a tedious, draining, boring, narcissistic sort of place. Of course, it can also be fun, funny, interesting, stimulating and altruistic in equal measure. It can be wonderful to see what your family and real friends are up to. It allows us to share, virtually, those weddings, parties, holidays, new babies, pets, or first days of school (yawn),…With people in far flung places around the world.

Last week though, an old friend shared an Onion article about the Facebook Version of a Marriage Going Great that did strike a cord in me. It’s like we all have Facebook versions of our lives. Makes sense really doesn’t it? From the sidelines it can be isolating to witness these sorts of things.

There was another one from the Economist, Facebook is Bad For You – Get a Life. Both of these pieces have been on my mind. Frankly, it’s good to know I am not the only with these sorts of feelings for ole FB.

As I’ve been contemplating how to better use my time, I figured there are so many more things I can be doing with it than spectating on what everyone else is doing – for an hour or two a day.

My aim this month then will be to work harder (especially at building my new business!), read more books (not just social media books either), be more social, face-to-face, with my friends/colleagues/associates and of course exercise more. Well, that’s the plan at any rate.

There is one caveat, I will need to continue with one or two Facebook pages that I run, like So You’ve Been Dumped Stories, but most of these can be done via 3rd party apps such as Sprout Social or HootSuite…

FIND ME ON GOOGLE+

I attended a HootUp last week in Glasgow and after it, a few associates and I were talking about the difference between Facebook and Google+. To me, it’s like Facebook is a Frat party with your friends. It’s kinda fun at times, but there can be a lot of noise and mostly it’s just a lot of egos flying around.

Google+, on the other hand, is a like a really cool dinner party with loads of interesting people that you don’t really know – but who you want to know.

The posts tend to be informational, engaging, high caliber/quality, creative, etc. In a nutshell – a joy. And you know what? I’ve never once logged of Google+ scoffing. No narcissism to be found (amongst my circles anyway).

So yeah that’s where you’ll find me. Google+ or Linkedin of course. (see links top right to connect with me there)…

OUR NETWORKING @ 29 EVENT

Oh yeah, speaking of which – two things to report  did I happen to mention that 1) I’m doing  FREE talk –  “25 Tips to Rock Linkedin” at New Start Scotland (November 14 & 15)  and 2) our next Networking @ 29 Event is about Google on October 30th?

We’ve got three, esteemed speakers lined up We have: +Matthew Marley  (from Zen) to talk about Google+! This guy has more people who’ve circled him than anyone I actually know in my circles! Kudos! +Mark Hunter (from Postable) to talk YouTube – he’s created over 700 videos – so man this guy knows his stuff! +Brian Tait  (from Aillum) is an expert who will tells us what to look for in our damn, confounded Analytics! “Not Provided”? @$%#$ – WTF! 🙂

Find the full run down for the event on my Google+ profile! You can find the link to 29’s Linkedin Business page there too!

Well, “Hello Facebook-Free October” – here we go! Let’s do this!