What’s #GAINmomentum all about?
We all know the benefits of exercise, but few of us do enough of it. #GAINmomentum is all about challenging yourself to get moving, from 1st to 31st May, for GBS/CIDP awareness month. There’s no pressure to do 30 minutes cardio or to walk 10,000 steps every day, just set your own personal goals and see what you can achieve.
Our plans for celebrating GBS/CIDP awareness month might have changed a bit as the country continues to follow the roadmap out of lockdown, but we want you to know that it’s still full steam ahead this May!
Follow the Government rules and guidelines and plan your outdoor activities responsibly, whether individually or as a group. If you’re lucky enough to have a treadmill or rowing machine at home, setting yourself an indoor challenge is fairly straightforward, but you don’t need gym equipment – a flight of stairs can become a mountaineering challenge, and with a bit of thought, your living room or garden could double up as a circuit training course! Even if you’re not mobile, you might try seated exercises, stretches and reps, or take part in a virtual ‘chairobics’ session on YouTube.
Run, walk, cycle, jump, stretch, dance or skip – it’s your call.
Because it’s GBS/CIDP awareness month, we would like you to raise awareness of the charity and conditions while you’re getting active, by telling everyone what you’re doing and why. Spread the word via social media, including the hashtag #GAINmomentum, and perhaps ask family and friends to sponsor you to spur you on!
How does it work?
If you live in the UK or Ireland you can register as an individual, or get together with friends, family or colleagues and set yourself an even more ambitious group challenge that you complete as a team.
Registering via the website shop is free, or you can pay £10 (£5 under 16) to receive a SPECIAL EDITION #GAINmomentum T-shirt (not available for general purchase).
Everyone registering for #GAINmomentum 2021 will be entered into a draw, with the chance to win a £50 voucher of their choice.
2. Give us the details of your local GP surgery and/or hospital, and we’ll send an awareness pack to them on your behalf.
3. Set yourself a personal goal, or even two or three goals. This could be anything from spending half an hour each day working in the garden or doing a video workout or ‘chairobics’ session, to a virtual challenge like climbing Mount Snowdon one flight of stairs at a time (if you’re interested, you need to walk up 548 flights of 13 stairs to reach the top!). Make sure your goals are challenging but realistic, to avoid getting bored or disheartened. Get family and friends to sponsor you and help you achieve your goal.
4. For one month, from 1st to 31st May, count your steps, track your distance or keep a note of how many minutes you’re active for, whatever your goal. And don’t forget to take a selfie or make a video of you getting active in your #GAINmomentum T-shirt! Join the Strava GAINmomentum Club to track your progress and feel part of the GAINmomentum community!
5. Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Whatsapp (07877 982651) your photos and videos to us so we can share them with the GAIN community via the website and social media and inspire others to take part. You can also post them on your social media platforms, including the hashtag #GAINmomentum