Fly Girl Collective 30 Day Challenge
Three of the scales I’m trying to tip are work out more (original, I know) support black owned business and female owned business. At the beginning of the year, I also made a commitment to do at least 2 ‘30 Day Challenges’ in 2019. The Fly Girl Collective 30 Day Challenge ticks every single one of those boxes, so of course I was going to take part.…. once I’d built up the courage!
What’s it all about?
Fly Girl Collective was set up to add come diversity to the health, fitness and wellness scene. Whilst on one hand you can probably name of ten black successful athletes quite easily, you’d struggle to find images of everyday black women in a fitness mag, or centre stage in an advert for yoga mats. The beauty ideals that dominate other industries are prominent in the wellness scene too, but Fly Girl Collective are here to bring another face to the game. Their mission is to encourage black women to actively pursue a fitter lifestyle to help both their physical and mental health, whilst creating a supportive tribe with good vibes.
As part of their mission, they run regular 30 day challenges where they encourage their community to commit to 30 minutes of exercise each day for a full month. So this September, I decided to embark on my second challenge of the year.
How did I do?
Day 1 - 30 minute walk
Day 2 - 45 minute spin class
Day 3 - 30 minutes yoga
Day 4 - Fail
Day 5 - 20 minute walk
Day 6 - FAIL
Day 7 - Danced till 6am. That’s gotta count, right?
Day 8 - Recovered from dancing till 6am
Day 9 - 45 minute spin class
Day 10 - 25 minutes of yoga at home
Day 11 - 45 minute spin class
Day 12 - 20 minute walk
Day 13 - 30 minute gym session (weight machines and stair-master)
Day 14 - 30 minute walk (and lugging heavy shopping back on the bus!)
Day 15 - 15 minutes yoga + 20 minutes walk along Southbank
Day 16 - 45 minutes spin class
Day 17 - 25 minutes of yoga at home
Day 18 - 45 minutes spin class
Day 19 - FAIL
Day 20 - 20 mins stair-master routine
Day 21 - 40 minute walk (Shoreditch to Kings Cross!)
Day 22 - FAIL
Day 23 - 45 minutes spin class
Day 24 - FAIL
Day 25 - On a plane
Day 26 - Day 29 - Averaged 18,000 steps per day! With multiple 30 min walks
Day 30 - On a plane
So I wasn’t quite perfect, there were clearly a few hiccups throughout the month. As a non-driver, I also tend to walk quite a bit anyway without thinking about it, so some of my walking days we’re a bit of a cop out if I’m going to keep it 100. However, over all I’m really proud of myself. This is probably the most I’ve ever exercised in a 30 day window in my whole entire life! I had a 5 day work trip to Florida where I walked for miles around the parks, so those days were pretty easy to account for to be fair. But overall, I’m quite impressed with my performance 23/30 ain’t that bad. Just goes to show what you can do as soon as you decide to do it.
You can see the evidence shots of me and my fellow Fly Girls on Instagram by searching #flygirl30daychallenge. Hope to you see you at the next one!
Image Credit: https://flygirlcollective.co/