There’s a reason why #motivationmonday has more than 11 million social media posts. Health promotion researchers from the Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future determined that Mondays are a particularly motivating day for people to begin or renew commitments to improve health behaviors (see

Based on this research finding, The Monday Campaigns, a nonprofit public health initiative, offers weekly Monday prompts to support people in starting and sustaining health behaviors. The Center for a Livable Future is a scientific and technical adviser.

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) worked with The Monday Campaigns to create a Move It Monday: IHRSA Member Toolkit so club operators can offer Move It Monday programs at their facilities. “Monday sets the tone for the rest of the week,” said Alexandra Black Larcom, IHRSA’s senior manager of health promotion and health policy. “Being active early on can put anyone in the right mindset to continue their healthy habits and meet and surpass goals all week long.”

To learn more about the IHRSA Toolkit, go to

To learn more about The Monday Campaigns, go to


Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at

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