I’m sure that you’ve got a couple of questions about the #60daystodiscover challenge. Trust me, so do I! The Challenge is still brand new so I’ll be updating this page while we go along. These are the questions I had when creating the Challenge. Let me know if you got questions that are not in here. You can connect with me here.
Here we go!
What is the “60 days to discover” Challenge?
It’s a way to Challenge to yourself to put your walking shoes on, get outside and discover your Backyard!
How long does the Challenge last?
The Challenge lasts for 60 days but you can keep on going as long as you would like. The whole idea is to create a new habit with lots of benefits.
When does the Challenge start?
There are three Challenges a year, you want to subscribe to the Backyard Gossip to know when the next one is planned.
Why do the Challenge in the first place?
Lots of people have got different reasons to start the Challenge. Maybe you want to be able to put everything in a better perspective, you want to be more active or meet new friends. Getting outside for just 10 min a day has got so many benefits (you can review them here) that it’s hard to find only one reason why it would be good to participate.
Why do I need to sign up if it’s free anyway?
Signing up means that you are going to be part of a community. Sharing your adventures and being part of a community will increase your success rate. When you sign up you’ll receive a weekly e-mail with tips, you get access to the Backyard Hiker community and I will coach you through towards creating a new habit.
How does it work?
You’ll go outside and discover your Backyard everyday for minimum 10 minutes a day and 60 minutes a week. With going outside and discovering we mean going outside purposefully. It can be during your lunch break, early in the morning, after you put the kids to bed,… wherever you can fit it in your daily schedule. The 10 minutes you go outside needs to be only filled with walking and discovering. So the 10 minute walk to the busstation you do everyday doesn’t really count. If you deliberately take a different route to the busstation then yes, that’s discovering your Backyard. Does that make sense?
Is it ok to do the same walk everyday?
Sure that’s ok. If you walk mindfully you’ll discover new things on your route every time. We’ll give you some suggestions to make your walks a bit more fun as well.
How do I keep score?
First of all, it’s not really about keeping score. It’s about creating a new habit. Communicating about your discovery of the day encourages you and your team members to keep going. That’s why we ask you to check in everyday via our Facebook group or via the group chat on Instagram. You take pictures of your discoveries and post them with #60daystodiscover & #abackyardhiker.
I’ve done other challenges… do I really need another one?
Well, that depends on the goals you want to achieve. If you are thinking of creating your Summer body or getting awesome abs in no-time then you are at the wrong place. If you however are looking for long term changes then keep on reading.
Going outside every day has got so much benefits that it will make you a better person in general. Check this link to read about all the benefits.
What if I miss a day?
That’s ok, you can skip one day a week. It’s 10 minutes a day and 60 minutes a week.
What if I miss two days a week?
That’s ok too. You just start fresh the next day. It’s not about doing a Perfect Challenge. It’s about showing up and commit to yourself that you want to make a change. Can you remember the last time you learned something new? Sometimes you get it right from the start but more often you fail and try again. That’s why we do it together, to help each other back up again.
Do I need to buy anything special or go somewhere?
No, please don’t. That’s the beauty of it. You just step outside your front door and start walking. If you live in a city you could go to a local park, discover your neighborhood or the area around your office. If you have got more time you could you go a bit further but it’s not a necessity. You can use your normal shoes to walk. If you are thinking on going on longer walks, I would suggest to consider buying a sport or hiking. It’s just a bit more comfortable but again not really needed.
What’s the cost?
When I was thinking about organizing this challenge one of the conditions was that it needed to be accessible to everyone. So when you sign up it’s on the house (or better, on the Backyard). No, there is no catch, no secret subscription where you can’t get out of, no monthly hidden fee,…
When the 60 days are done and dusted, we are going to send you a survey and an invitation to PWYW (Pay What You Want). What were the past 60 days worth to you? Has the challenge benefit you in any way? Was it better than going to the gym? Has it improved your mental well-being in any way?
Your contribution will help us to further develop the Backyard Hikers community and 10% of the proceeds will go to Wildlife conservation programs!