STEPtember 2020

If you’ve been following on my fitness journey you know that…. there is none. I had a mini “workout” kick back in May but since then I’ve dropped off because #life. BUT, I’ve been doing some small things recently to get active and have been wanting to do something that would hold me accountable to getting active on a more consistent basis.

As we approach a new month, *insert OMG I can’t believe it’s almost September quote here*, I figured what better time than the first of the month to kick off something BIG. Then, I stumbled upon something that made me realize there’s no such thing as a coincidence.

Introducing STEPtember: to be honest an initiative I haven’t heard of until recently as I began to fully delve inside the Cerebral Palsy (CP) community on the internet and through social media. STEPtember is all about being active. Whether it may be by walking, running, wheeling, stretching, or whatever being active is to you, its purpose is to be a fun, safe and virtual (#2020) environment where you challenge yourself to move the equivalent of 10,000 steps a day for 28 days. STEPtember welcomes everyone, of all fitness levels and all abilities. So most likely, you reading this fit the bill to join in on the fun.

What’s the connection for me with STEPtember? That’s the part I’m most excited about. Every step you take and every dollar you raise will help fund the world’s most innovative researchers as they uncover what’s possible for Cerebral Palsy. The older I get, the more I realize there’s a lot to know about having CP as a child out there (there’s certainly room to grow though because in my experience the doctors don’t know how I got it) but as an adult with CP, the resources are lackluster. In my experience, at least.

Research influences change and answers that can impact the lives of so so many. All that said, I’m asking my loved ones and those following me on social media to join in on the fun. Let’s hold each other accountable throughout the month of September and stay active! Whether it’s 10 minutes of dancing in your home, going on a chill walk, climbing a mountain, stretching, etc., WHATEVER it may be – let’s do it together! If you choose to officially participate or not I’ll appreciate any and all of the support I can garner. At the very least I’ll be posting to my Instagram story for what each day’s “active” activity is.

UPDATE ON HOW TO JOIN:

Thank you again for supporting STEPtember! If you’d like to join me in the challenge to get active, you can register at the following link as an “individual”. It will ask if you are joining an organization. Say yes and type “(C) Bear With Me” so you can join alongside with me! Then fill out the rest of the registration. https://www.steptember.us/register/us/adult-individual

If you don’t want to participate in the challenge, but want to support, feel free to make a donation to my fundraising page here: https://www.steptember.us/fundraisers/cbearwithme

Either way, I hope you follow along on social media! Make sure to tag me @cbear143 and use the hashtag #CBEARwithmeforCP to share! You can also track your workouts by linking your smart watch through the STEPtember app! Thank you!!! 

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