Active Essex Foundation trustee Jenni Tomblin has not only been an invaluable support to the #3030Essex challenge team, she is of course taking on the challenge herself. From Essex, Jenni is also director of fundraising for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a triathlon enthusiast and also really nice! Jenni’s guest post is all about the challenge, how she’s taking part and a little more information about the Active Essex Foundation.
Jenni has set up her own MyDonate Fundraising page for the challenge. You could do this too, or you could simply donate using the buttons on our 3030essex.com website.
#3030Essex – Challenge Accepted (by Jenni Tomblin MBE)[first published on LinkedIn]
I love a challenge. Any opportunity to push my comfort zone boundary a little wider and I’m there.
Being active is part of my DNA; with the sporting habit embedded from an early age. At five my grandad bought me a hockey stick and my mum would ferry me three times a week to athletics, even on snow days. At university I thought joining the women’s rugby team was a good idea, until I left the pitch in an ambulance.
Despite this I still have days where I’d much rather be watching the latest Marvel box-set on Netflix than getting my activewear on and going for a run.
That’s why I am so excited by the new campaign from the Active Essex Foundation #3030Essex.
Launching 1 June 2018, the campaign is asking Essex residents to incorporate 30 minutes of physical activity into every day for 30 days.
What is great about this challenge is that you can do it your way – the only competitor is yourself.
For the next 30 days I’ll be doing Parkruns, cycling to work, possibly swimming (read: dislike swimming), playing softball with the DofE charity team, walking to the station, maybe some Pilates (but definitely not yoga) with a few triathlons mixed in for good measure.
All these activities work for me because I can fit them in around work, but most importantly I find them fun (well aside from swimming).
Physical activity does not need to break you to make a difference to your health and wellbeing.
Keep it simple and fun and it can be a break from sitting at your desk all day, 30 minutes freedom from looking after your children or a chance to catch-up with friends.
The challenge is to complete 30 minutes everyday, as the saying goes, it’s a marathon not a sprint.
While this is a personal challenge, I’m also taking part so that the Active Essex Foundation can help more people in Essex access opportunities that many of us take for granted.
We’re already supporting services in Basildon and Canvey Island to help young people living in disadvantaged areas find focus and develop their skills and confidence through sport and activity. I know what difference activity can make to my own physical health and wellbeing.
If physical activity was a pill, everyone would prescribe it.
Unfortunately we still haven’t convinced the nation that activity is the single, biggest positive (and cheapest) step you can make to reduce your risk of developing long-term health conditions, as well as all the positive mental benefits of reducing loneliness and developing healthy relationships.
My commitment to the campaign is that I’ll be donating a £1 a day for every day I complete the challenge and £5 every time I find an excuse for not doing the 30 mins!
Happy to take suggestions on what I could do in those 30 mins that might help push me further outside my comfort zone (for an appropriate donation!)
Here goes … see you on 30 June 2018.