We are now into week 2 of #WeActiveChallenge - a challenge for us all to get a little more active than we were yesterday, and the day before that too.

In my last blog I set out my ambitions for week one and I am so chuffed that I have largely kept to them. I think one of the key reasons, having learnt from previous mistakes of being over ambitious, I kept them realistic and achievable:

  • Taking the bus instead of the car meant walking either side of the journey,
  • Chunking the gardening down into bite-sized pieces means that I am now seeing progress rather than defeat, 
  • Keeping focused and 'in the moment' means that my efforts at the plank are now at 1 minute - and my core is getting stronger!

All of these small steps leave me feeling hopeful that I can sustain this pace, and not just for August! The campaign is creating a virtual community - an informal team if you like of like-minded people, working at different paces, with individual yet collective ambitions. 

I shared this in the recent #OurNHSPeople tweet chat in answer to the question: What kind of teams are you part of?

I was thinking about the magic of "informal teams" and what they have the power to achieve when I read about "Relational Activism" in a tweet posted by Helen Bevan, sharing the work of Becca Dove and Tim Fisher - I am looking forward to following this theory with interest.

For now, back to #NursesActive - by posting a photo of activities along with the hashtag (plural Nurses!!) I can track my achievements - and points mean prizes! A few days ago I achieved my bronze and then silver #WeActiveChallenge medals. 

Now it's time to get serious and go for gold!