DENVER -- It’s a challenge that’s inspiring thousands in Colorado to get into shape, improve their overall health, and set the stage for a longer happier life.
The Get Movin’ Challenge, sponsored by LiveWell Colorado and Kaiser Permante is a campaign designed to raise awareness about the importance of physical fitness.
The Challenge requires participants to get 30 minutes of exercise a day for 30 continuous days.
It all aligns with Governor John HIckenlooper’s plan to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation.
Charity volunteer Courtney Oldham took on the challenge this month and has already lost more than 11 pounds.
She said taking the first steps are a challenge, but it’s well worth it.
“I feel amazing this has been the most incredible month of my life,” Oldham said.
Oldham said she found it difficult to try a speed walking program so she started small.
The key for her was volunteering to lift boxes in the Jefferson County Action Center food pantry for the needy.
"Originally I wasn't able to help a lot," Oldham said. "Then for the need of helping our clients, started getting more and more active and that turned in to getting into the pool, which turned into going to the gym.”
Now Oldham is leading a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced low fat diet.
She said she wants to inspire anyone else who is having trouble taking the first steps.
“I started off helping others and I'm finally able to help myself,” Oldham said.
During the month of August, challenge participants logged 96,000 hours of activity and burned more than 39 million calories. That’s more than 11,000 pounds lost.
The activity can include everything from walking, running and jogging to gardening and swimming.