Lets face it, being faced with a challenge can suck. The other day I had the challenge of trying in one trip to unload 7 full bags of groceries up two flights of stairs during a freak hail storm…in flip flops. I knew that the challenge would suck, and I could have easily waited and taken two trips. So why on earth would any sane person try a challenge like that? Because I wanted to see if I could do it of course! When you take on a challenge, it’s a great opportunity to try something and say that you did it. Maybe you’re exploring the possibility of starting a fitness challenge? If so, here are some tips to help you in your endeavor.
1) Safety first
Do you have your doctor’s approval? Have you taken your past history or injuries into account? Make sure the challenge is optimal for your needs and will enhance your health. For example, if you’ve had several ankle reconstructions, participating in your 4th grader’s jump rope marathon isn’t the best choice. Pick something appropriate for your body.
2) Try something different
Things aren’t going to be much of a challenge if you’re accustomed to them. Expand your experiences! If you are a runner, maybe participate in a 30 day yoga challenge. Hardcore lifter? Try that funky 5k with the zombies.
3) Push your comfort zone
Maybe you want to stay in the same field, you can still try and challenge yourself in a different way. Set a new PR in your dead lift, go a longer distance on your run (or shorter), or try a different style of yoga instead of your tried and true. Pushing your comfort zone is still possible even if stay in the same field.
4) Stay committed
This is pretty simple, don’t quit. This doesn’t mean that you have to run 5 miles on the treadmill every day for a month or commit your first born child, but it definitely means that you should travel in the direction that your challenge’s purpose, which is to illicit a change in your habits. Walk instead of run, do a light weight workout, or make it an active rest day. Keep your momentum going.
5) The calories do count
This is the biggest pitfall I see in people that participate in challenges, and that is the idea of free rein when it comes to eating. Most activities don’t require a huge increase in calories, and rewarding yourself with food is a slippery slope to an unhealthy habit. So put the muffin down, eat nutrients that will support your activity, and reap the benefits.
These are just a few tips to help you on your way with your fitness challenge. Remember, when you challenge yourself, it’s an opportunity to see what you’re capable of. Find our how strong you really are and go with it, and maybe give your friend a high five with your foot. Share your fitness challenge or journey on the Facebook page or comment down below!