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Railys and Virge


We practice regularly – intensive walk, Nordic walk or cycling are the activities we like the most. Blue Hepatica's Journey added to the routine exercise playfulness and motivation. It was exciting to follow how individual and team symbols advance on the virtual map, pending actual distances. Even though it was not a competition, it stimulated extra motivation to pass longer distances, to bypass companions or other teams.

Especially now that we haven't been home for so long, it alleviated the longing a bit because, for a moment, we remember all the memories related to the area on the map where we are right now.

As social life is limited during the corona, exercising outdoors with a friend provides an excellent opportunity to spend time together and find a change in everyday activities. A couple of times a week, we had great meetings and conversations. So it was much more fun to walk the familiar trails or discover new walking places. The month of April was superb. There were so many flowers in Belgium, and sometimes you had to make a small stop to take pictures of them :)


April 2021


Birgit

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!

April 2021

Anette

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.

March 2021

Jano Dreamteam

Please meet Jano Dreamteam, the Power-Family in #hhpcommunity

There are five members in Jano's family; three are taking part in the challenge - mom Heldi Jano, daughter Karmel, and son Karl. They formed a team to motivate each other. Jano's family finds it more difficult to find excuses if there's a team behind.

Heldi says she has walked for five months in a row with only 3-4 resting days. She doesn't think she rests too little because she is taking it easy, walking at a moderate pace, taking her time, and enjoying every moment of it. The challenge has given her a new cool community and a good feeling.

Karmel says she would exercise anyway 5-6 times per week, but she likes to represent her family and be part of a family team. It's a good reason to do something active every day.

Karl has discovered that walking every day gives him extra energy, and he has a lot of time to think during walking.

In January, Jano Dreamteam won the team prize, the Half an Hour Gives Me Power mugs.

Thank you, Jano Dreamteam, for participating in the challenge!

March 2021

Mirjam

Please meet Mirjam from Estonia. Mirjam was the lucky one whose name was drawn twice in January's raffle. She won the HHP mug and also the grand prize - Apple AirPods.

Mirjam says she takes part in the challenge because she likes the community and the goals in the challenge really motivate her to move. Her favorite activity is walking. She likes to walk late in the evening when her two daughters are already far asleep.

In the HHP World Tour Mirjam has covered the distance from Tallinn to Pärnu. Her recommendation to others is - listen to interesting podcasts while exercising, and the time and kilometers just fly. (Her favorite ones are Täitsa Pekkis and Sportland Eesti podcast) And of course - join the Half an Hour Gives Me Power Challenge, it's fun and motivating.

February 2021

Katrin

Katrin participates in the #halfanhourpower challenge. She enjoys beautiful winter and excellent skiing trails with her friends.

February 2021

Signe

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.

January 2021