Why are we embarking on this new Make Movement Your Mission (MMYM) mission?
#MMYM went live on Facebook on 23rd March 2020 hoping to provide light during the lockdown by offering 3 daily bite sized movement snacks providing accurate information and messaging with a range of options designed so that something could be achievable for everyone. Six months on and MMYM is still thriving and we have so many positive stories to tell https://www.laterlifetraining.co.uk/make-movement-your-mission-supporting-people-to-move-throughout-the-covid-19-pandemic/
With International Day of the Older Person set for the 1st October we thought what better way to celebrate than to cast out the movement snack net again? Could you or your organisation play a part in increasing choices, and empowering people to join in with ‘some or all’ or ‘whole or parts of’ our hourly movement snacks designed to increase additional movement minutes.
I’m interested, what do I need to do?
The MMYM team will be delivering a movement snack every hour on Thursday 1st October starting at 8am and finishing with the final snack of the day at 4pm. Here’s just some ways to get involved:
1. Get involved with just 2 minutes of each movement snack with our ‘Circulation Boosting Challenge’. Each one of our movement snacks start with a circulation boost; 2 minutes of rhythmical upper and lower body movement designed to boost the circulation and promote active sitting or active standing posture in the process. Joining in with circulation boosts across all nine movement snacks accumulates 18 minutes of additional movement minutes by the end of the day – so opt to just join in the circulation boost or stay with us and continue on with the whole snack, it’s all about choices.
2. In addition to the ‘Circulation Boost Challenge’, there is the option to stay on for a few more minutes for the ‘Extra Boost!’ – this involves 1, 2 or 3 extra ‘stand-ups & sit downs’, or opt for the seated ‘posture booster’. The ‘Extra Boost!’ results in even more movement minutes PLUS a strength bonus. After the ‘Extra Boost!’ the MMYM team will continue with the remaining content of the snack, with a few more movements to choose from, each snack will be slightly different throughout the day but always with standing and seated options. It’s all about offering choices and this is where you come in; could a facilitator from your organisation, for example, set up an HDMI cable to a TV, or provide a tablet for people to view? This may encourage and increase participation in a few extra movement minutes. We recommend that you don’t mention the ‘exercise word’, this is significant because everyone needs to move, and that’s all MMYM is about.
3. Do you know someone, a relative or friend who, with a bit of help from you to set up a Facebook account, could enjoy participating in this event and add additional movement minutes to their day? Start having conversations now to find out?
Join us when you can on the 1st of October, every hour from 8am – 4pm for additional movement minutes, everyone is welcome.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us how you plan to get involved and who to say ‘hello’ to during our pre-snack famous pre-amble!
Find us on our Make Movement Your Mission Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/MakeMovementYourMission
Our YouTube channel for previously recorded movement snacks https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeePVUq4FvWu9uSwUK8YMwZlVjx1CKp8q
Following on from a successful day, we did a brief evaluation, read it here.