Twitter friend and outrageous visionary Jen McCabe is a brilliant thinker with a San Francisco startup company called "Get Up And Move." It's a free social media way of encouraging people to, well, get up and move. (Don't I love things that are exactly what they say?)
Its URL is the fun GetUpAndMove.Me, and its tagline is "Barter with Exercise." Go look at it. At present it's only tied in to Twitter (hashtag #getupandmove), but they're working on Facebook.
I've never been an exercise fiend, but GetUpAndMove has led to my discovering that I like doing a couple of minutes of exercise if I do it to a song. The radio site blip.fm has a ton of great songs (to play for free), so for instance if I agree to do a minute of pushups, I start one of my songs and do it. Examples:
- Soul Sacrifice (Santana at Woodstock)
- Little Deuce Coupe (Beach Boys)
- Ecstatic R&B love song introduced to me long ago by friend Frank Moore: Don't Leave Me This Way - starts modest and builds. Great for jumping jacks
- And my personal anthem: Play That Funky Music, White Boy
Today in the email from a chorus buddy I got this video, and realized this is what makes "GUAM" (as its fans call it) work for me, when so much hasn't: fun.
(I add music, but with or without it, there's the fun of challenging people, and publicly trash-talking your challenger or challengee.)
Here's to Jen, here's to Frank, here's to innovation, and here's to fun. Get up and move!