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Fitness mentoring program

A mentoring program that encourages all people to adopt an active lifestyle by training together at their own pace. The idea is for mentors to encourage and monitor the training of the other and at the same time, they will train at their own level in order to mutually encourage regular fitness activities.

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How would you describe your idea in one sentence?

A mentoring program that encourages all people to adopt an active lifestyle by training together at their own pace.
The Fitness mentoring program is the perfect scenario to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle as young and older people train together. 
The idea is for the participants to previously design a trainning program with the help of an specialist and then to pair up with someone that has a similar fitness goal (loosing weight, getting more flexible, run a certain distance daily, etc). After the couples are paired up and they set up a training schedule and they learn each others program to help guide each other through the routine. This routines can also include yoga, meditation, stretching and more passive sports.
This is an interesting approach to the mentoring because young people can encourage old people to be more active at their own pace but at the same time they are learning to respect the limitations that come with age and that don't stop people to have a healthy lifestyle.  
 

What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to test any assumptions you might have about your idea?

To set-up a ono or two weeks training routine for a young and older person and try at home. We will see the reaction that training between big age gaps has on the participants and also we will check if it has continuity over time.

What aspects of your idea could benefit from the input, skills or know-how of our OpenIDEO community?

The part of creating the community that sponsors this initiative. Owing that this idea requires regular medical assistance and a trainer t monitor the programs, it is important to set up a network in order to support this roles.

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Luz, fitness is important and an area where young people can make an impact! Did you see the Hitch a Stroll post from Carola Verschoor connecting people to take a walk: https://openideo.com/challenge/youth-mentor/ideas/hitch-a-stroll-walk-talk#c-451be1b10e67193b8c6fad49b9630c71

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Photo of Luz Gallo
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Thanks Jennifer, I just saw it and is a great idea regarding fitness :)

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Photo of Bettina Fliegel
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Hi Luz. Love this idea! The benefits are really for both partners and as Nick remarked below about running with his colleague who was 30 years his senior, fitness is not age dependent. So this idea has the potential to improve fitness and health in all participants.
Why not piggy back onto existing programming - sports clubs and facilities - this can be an additional one. For example in NYC we have the Road Runners Club - Runners of all Ages utilize their programming, enter their races etc. Perhaps a club like this could pair an older and younger person together to work as a team towards their individual fitness goals. Also at the sports club I go to there are classes specifically for seniors. These adults could be matched to youth that are on the swim team for example - and they can meet and do part of their individual fitness programs together. Something like that.

Athletes of All Ages - from the NY Roadrunners Club website
http://www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2014/washington-heights-salsa-blues-and-shamrocks-5k/race-report/runners-of-all-ages

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Photo of Luz Gallo
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Thanks Bettina for the link. Indeed this can partner with existing fitness programs. or community initiatives.

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Hey Luz, love the idea. Nike also runs running clubs in various cities across the world (see http://www.nike.com/au/en_gb/c/running/run-club for Australian examples). As Betina mentioned, partnering with an organisations who are already working within communities could help you scale the idea easily.

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Hey Jes, thanks for the info. I'll check the link.

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How neat! The other week, a colleague and I were traveling together out of town. We are both runners, and have about 30 years between us (although I think I'm the slower one!). We set up a white board at the client site with a crude chart... two colors, one for each of us...and number of miles run per day. It became a competition and I'm not sure either of us would have run that much without it.

Should there be a relative scale? In other words - we both get credit for doing our respective fitness activities, regardless of level of intensity/distance/speed/etc?

I'd love to prototype this with you.

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Great build around some kind of motivational measurement, Nick! And you might be interested to note that Luz was part of the student team who put together this awesome prototype a few years back: https://openideo.com/challenge/maternal-health/realisation/let-s-meet-your-baby-2013-experience-prototype-/ And Luz – Nick is a switched-on, design thinking, patient experience consultant. We're so excited at the thought of you collaborating further to prototype some part of this idea!

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Thanks Nick for your comment. I will love to prototype the idea with you because, although the distance is possible to do an interesting exercise.
Regarding the scale, I'm thinking of a scale base on each one's goal because sometime the age difference makes difficult to establish the same level upon the participants. Also, this will make even more encouraging the exercise because each one of the participants will be helping and not competing with the other. :)

Meena, thanks for the info. I'm glad to see that Let's meet your baby still rings the bell among the OpenIdeo community.

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We're excited about this potential global collaboration! Luz – do you have a Twitter username if Nick wants to get in touch with you directly to collaborate in earnest? (just thinking in case either of you don't want to share your email addresses publicly here)

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Photo of Luz Gallo
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I don't have twitter for now but my mail is imlagh@gmail.com :) I'm Excited to try the idea!

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Photo of Paul Reader
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Great idea and great basis for collaboration.
Look forward to interesting things happening here.

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Photo of SYED SHAH KHADRI
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Hi Luz Alba Gallo ,

Excellent Idea. It really works.