I am very glad that I took the courage and joined the Half an Hour Gives Me Power Challenge right from the start. It came to my life at a very difficult time and encouraged me to find time for myself each day. What I liked (and still do) most about this challenge is the fact that it doesn’t have a certain programme of fitness activities or exercises needed to be done, but rather encourages doing ANYTHING you like or are able to do for just half an hour a day. So I enthusiastically started walking or riding my bike again every time I could – mostly alone, as I needed that time for myself, but also with my family at the weekends. Then I dusted my old zumba DVDs and enjoyed those again. When my then three-year-old daughter discovered JustDance videos from YouTube, the whole family was moving again and what’s the most important thing – we were having lots of fun moving together. What a great and active way to spend quality time together!
Half an Hour Gives Me Power is the perfect name for this group. It certainly has got me exercising more regularly and feeling more powerful. I used to compete in cross-country running, biathlon, soccer and orienteering. My life used to be all about sports. And then after I had my children I stopped doing sports. I had all of the excuses: I need to do things for my children, I need to work late, I need to make dinner or clean my house. I had all the excuses but looking back they really were just excuses and we can all fit in 30 minutes a day with some flexibility and creativity. I started golf 1.5 years ago and this has started me exercising and getting moving again.
I am Birgit, an Estonian, currently living in Belgium. The Challenge- Half an Hour Power — has given me the knowledge and the will to exercise, and I have learned to enjoy training. My favorite activity is walking, but I occasionally run, ride my bike or play disc golf. The only thing you need is consistency and that the Challenge gives you. I am so grateful to Karin and Mariliis for inspiring others like me to do something physical every day. It gives you an incredible feeling for the rest of the day and, of course, a better physique. I have done this Challenge since December 2020, and I am glad that exercising has become a regular part of my day. As a mother of three, this exercise time is a time just for me — time to listen to some good music or hear some inspiring podcast. I really appreciate the time that I have just for myself. A bonus is, of course, a chance to win great prizes in every month’s raffle, and I have won several times already. Lucky me, I guess:) I can’t wait what the future brings:) Half an hour gives you power every day, so enjoy it, and a better feeling is guaranteed. The only person that you are competing against is you!
Hello, all you beautiful people participating in the great challenge: Half an Hour Power Thank you, Karin Tõevere and Mariliis Randveer for the opportunity to share my story. I am Anette from Norway, currently living in Belgium. I have been exercising, mostly running, and cross country skiing/roller skiing during my whole life. As I am soon turning 50, my body does not withstand running as much as earlier, and I have been “forced” to find new activities (and there aren’t conditions for skiing here in Belgium...) Here on Shape I have been introduced to new activities like tennis, yoga, golf, road biking, and cross-fit that I combine with running and roller skiing for the past years. I also love hiking, and we have a dog that is more than happy to join me. For me exercising is an essential part of my daily life; I like the feeling of getting tired, using my body, and being outside. I believe that in the years to come and by the time I get old, I will be thankful that an active lifestyle will have health-promoting effects! Even though I am pretty active, I find it hard to get out (especially when it’s raining...). But after joining Half an Hour Power, I pull myself together and do one or two activities every day. And I feel really great being a part of an international group; to share and work together across the borders. My whole family is active, and as parents, it’s been important to introduce different physical activities ever since the children were small. All of them have had the chance to try many different sports activities. As they became older, they chose to continue with the ones they found most joyful. Keeping teenagers active can be hard. It’s important that they can do something together with friends and understand the long-term health effects (physical and psychological). And that we encourage them and teach them the secret that it’s never too late to learn a new activity and new skills.
Half an Hour Gives Me Power has done, what it stands for. Moving my body every day, for at least 30 minutes, has really made me get back my confidence in my body to be active again, after having 2 children and gaining a lot of weight. I don't have to compete with anyone, but it gives me the motivation to push myself out of my comfort zone. Seeing the happy faces and beautiful scenery from all over the world is a big bonus for me.