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February 5, 2024
You never regret a workout

Especially if it counts towards the Shamrock ShapeupHow were your first few days of the challenge?  I know that I had a little extra motivation this weekend to get on the board.  We are so excited to see all of your activities and the support from fellow participants.  If you haven't started logging any workouts yet, not to worry!  You have plenty of time to get on track and every minute counts.
 
Here's how it will work
Each Monday, we will add your recorded activity totals for the previous week to our website.  Just follow the link below and click on 'Weekly Standings' for a snapshot of current totals.  If we missed something, please don't hesitate to let us know and we will get it corrected (agraybehl@ci.porterville.ca.us).  The current standings are for Thursday, February 1- Sunday, February 4.
 
 
Posts
You are welcome to post on the club’s discussion board, but you do not need to add your activities there in order to get credit for your workouts.  We look at every individual’s Strava profile to update activity totals.  Posts on the discussion board can be used to share motivation, insights, questions or any other type of connection you would like to make with our group.
 
STRAVA account
If you can’t figure out how to log your activity in STRAVA or don’t want to use the app- no problem.  Let us know so we can work out an alternative.  You can email us your total minutes each week, fill out an Activity Log and send it to us, or whatever works best for you.
 
Don’t see your logged time on our ‘Weekly Standings’?
 
> Make sure you are a member of our STRAVA club: https://www.strava.com/clubs/shamrockshapeup 
 
> Your activities and/ or your STRAVA profile could be set to private.  Change who can see your activity to everyone OR, if you want to remain private, we will request to follow you as a 'friend' so we can track your activity.  Learn more about managing your profile settings.
 
Commemorative Shirts
The Shamrock Shapeup shirts are here!  Feel free to drop by our office to get your official shirt or wait until the end of the Challenge to get it with your completion medal.  Our Parks & Leisure office is located at 15 E. Thurman Ave., Suite A and open Mon- Fri, 7:30 am- 5:30 pm.  We’ll host a drive thru event to pick up your shirts when the weather has calmed down.
 
Keep up the hard work, cheers! 


January 31, 2024
Welcome to the Challenge


Let's go!  We are so glad you are joining us for the Shamrock Shape Up starting on Thursday, February 1.  This challenge will give us the opportunity to reach wellness goals while staying connected to a team on the same journey.  Having a specific objective (like earning this awesome medal) will make it so much harder to skip those workouts.  Below are details about recording your activity for the challenge.  I will be checking in (bugging you!) regularly, but don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions at all.  We look forward to going on this journey together.

Don't have a STRAVA account?  It's a social platform to track physical exercise.  Follow these steps to join our Club.
  • Join our STRAVA club: https://www.strava.com/clubs/ShamrockShapeUp.  Following the link will open your app store or internet browser.
  • Download the app and create an account (or just go straight to creating an account if you are using a web browser).  You can use an Apple, Google, Facebook or Email accounts to register.
  • Create your profile.
  • Choose 'Skip' or 'Later' to questions like paying for a subscription, recording an activity, telling your friends, etc.
  • Next, JOIN the 'Shamrock Shape Up'!  Whew, I know that probably felt like a lot, but if you successfully get through the account setup, you have completed your first big challenge.  

Already have a STRAVA account?  Follow these steps to join our Club (we are guessing you are such an expert that you don't need our help with this part).

I joined the Club, what next?

The goal of this challenge is to record 1,000 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity in 45 days.  That's about 30 minutes a day- five days a week.  The level of physical activity is totally up to each person's ability.  It could be taking a walk, lifting weights, yoga, playing pickleball... anything that gets you moving.  Each Monday, we will add your activity totals for the previous week to our website.  If we missed something, don't hesitate to let us know and we will get it corrected.

Each athlete is on the honor system when logging activity. This is an individual competition and you can only cheat yourself!  Both GPS and manual activities will contribute to your challenge total. Progress will be determined by each activity's moving time.  All activity that is recorded February 1- March 16 is eligible for the overall goal of 1,000 minutes total.
Recording your activity

  • To record your moving activity on a smart device, select “Record” (bottom center). From there, you can start and stop your activity and see your stats as you go.
  • Once you’ve completed your activity, click “Finish.” This will take you to a screen where you can name your activity and even add photos or a description that you’d like to share.
  • When you are happy with your activity, select “Save” (top right).
  • You can change who can view your activity (everyone, just followers, or only you).  It’s important that when you record your activity that it is visible to everyone.  If you want to have a private profile, no problem.  Just let us know and we (City of Porterville) can request to follow you on the app as a 'friend' so only we can see your activity.

Recording your activity- manually

Don't want to carry your tracking device while you are doing that new dance workout?  Don't have a smart device?  No problem- you can also enter a manual time using the STRAVA app or website.  Tap the 'plus' button on the top menu bar and input your manual activity.  

>> If you can’t figure out how to log your activity in STRAVA or don’t want to use the app- no problem.  Let us know so we can work out an alternative so we still count your minutes.  You can email us your total minutes each week or fill out an Activity Log and send it to us.

Connect your devices

You can also sync several fitness devices to STRAVA to track activity.  Need help syncing your smart device to the STRAVA app?  Get started here.

Recording activity for a child

Parents/ guardians can create and manage a profile in Strava on behalf of their children to log their physical activity.  Direct use of the app by children under 13 years of age is not recommended.  If you would like to get the children involved in logging their own minutes, feel free to use our Activity Log and send it to us for updates or transfer those minutes into their Strava profile on their behalf.  Let us know if you have any trouble making those minutes count!  

Did you register someone else?

We don't want to leave anybody out!  If you were nice enough to sign up another family member or friend under your account, you can either forward them our correspondences or send us their email address so they can be added to the contact list.

Still trying to convince someone to join?

It's not too late!  They can still register online.

Swag

The all-important question...when and how do I get my event shirt?  We will send you that info next week.  Stay tuned!

Thank you!

We want to give a huge shout-out to our presenting sponsor Boys & Girls Club of the Native Star Foundation and OACYS Technology!  The local support helps to make this program possible.  Plus, they have several members signed up to participate in the challenge.  Please show these organizations support when the opportunity comes.


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