Go “Dotty” for Fitness

cropped Fitness Buddies 

You go, girls!

Thirty fitness buddies are exercising themselves dotty.

On the chart shown above, fitness buddies launched their goals and feedback for fitness. Buddies wrote their first names into a square, claiming it for their self-posting of points earned during a month. Their checklist of fitness behaviors they perform to earn points include keeping a food diary, hiking, playing Fitness Jeopardy, working out in the gym, swimming laps, and attending aerobics classes.

Each day, each person posts a dot into his or her square, with the goal of spelling out the word "FIT" by month’s end. This takes 30 dots (representing 30 activities).

We see tiny sticky notes written by the director of the fitness club as well as friends, proclaiming "You go, girls!" "Great start," or "Bravo."

Folks are engaging in some fitness behaviors for the first time: increasing the frequency and duration of exercise and making healthier food choices. When this month ends, each person will set personal goals for the new month.

After the first two weeks, attendance in exercise classes averaged 29 people, compared with 20 before the self-posting of feedback.

After classes, we can overhear, "Let’s go to the gym and post our dots."

Feedback makes fitness fun!