Activate You, 261 Fearless’ 12-week personal jump-start program, guides women living an inactive lifestyle on a journey toward a happier, healthier life through regular exercise. 261 Fearless launched the program in 2021 and it has had a major impact on past participants. Samaire, one of those participants, says:
Making myself a priority is important.
What is Activate You?
It’s a 12-week program designed by 261 Fearless to help women start exercising on a regular basis. Women are supported, every step of the way, as they grow from not exercising at all to establishing a consistent workout routine. With the help of local 261 Coaches, participants identify and work to overcome the barriers that keep them from exercising. The first step to a new active lifestyle can be quite daunting. But the non-judgmental, non-competitive Activate You group offers women a safe, supportive, and motivating environment to thrive in. With every session, women grow mentally and physically stronger, changing their lives in the process!
What impact has Activate You had on participants?
Survey results show that women participating in the 12-week program report feeling more confident about their ability to exercise, their activity level increased, their overall mood improved, and they’ve created new connections within their community. In specific case studies of participants, women who completed the 2021 Activate You program were asked to share their personal accomplishments. Here is what they said:
How did you feel about exercising before joining?
I looked at exercise as a chore but also something as a luxury for those people who have lots of time on their hands or less responsibility.
What was it like going to the first session?
Nerve wracking. I wasn’t sure what sort of level everyone else would be at. How silly I would feel. Would they be nice people? How much would be expected of me?....
What three things have you learned about yourself?
That making time for myself is important. Exercise doesn't have to be a chore and can actually be quite enjoyable. That I can have a positive influence on others.
What advice would you give someone who was thinking of taking part?
DO IT!! I have mentioned Activate You to so many people who aren't ‘brave’ enough to join a class, go to the gym, etc. and to friends who say they can't or don't exercise. Take those first steps out of the house to the first class and you won't regret it.
Is there anything else about your Activate You experience that you would like to share?
I noticed that within the first few weeks, the people who seemed to have come along just because it was funded, quickly stopped coming. Those who have stayed appear to be the women who really needed it; needed people to talk to, needed support, needed to be more active for physical AND mental reasons. They all talk about how they want to continue with what Activate You has kicked started for them.