When I completed Tone It Up 21 Day Challenge earlier this year, it got me thinking about fitness challenges in general.
Why do people sign up for them?
Do they even work?
Which fitness challenges are the best?
1. Fitness Challenges Create Habits
Did you wake up one morning and run your first half marathon without training? If you did, please leave now I cannot be in the presence of someone so superior to me, it makes my brain hurt. (No wait come back and show me your ways!)
Okay but seriously, having super clear steps is helpful to those of us that need a little bit of hand-holding when we’re creating good habits.
A daily list of which exercises to do or which body parts to work can really help take the stress out of the situation. I love Lauren Gleisberg’s fitness challenges, since I can listen to podcasts while I follow her printable routines. Tone It Up’s 6-week challenges are absolutely killer in all the best ways. And some of my very best toning has come from the Blogilates 30 Day Arm Challenge.
2. Motivation is Key
Are you the type of person who can keep going on the same original motivation toward a healthy lifestyle for the next few decades? If yes, please immediately inject me with a vial of your lifesblood. Okay, maybe that’s slightly dramatic.
If you’re like me at all, you need all the help you can get. A new pair of running shoes, a fun seasonal recipe, and a fun challenge to work at. If you can somehow stumble yourself into a series of good habits that you occasionally reignite with infusions of motivation, that right there is your perpetual motion machine.
3. The Support System Is Crazy Good
Try looking up #tiuteam on Instagram. How about #lgcommunity or #bbgfam?
The whole reason I started an Instagram account many moons ago was to follow these inspiring everyday people. They would dive headfirst into a fitness challenge and just get shit done. Having the courage to put yourself out there in return is hard but so worth it.
4. Cash Un-Required for Good Fitness Challenges
Do you really need every single water bottle or tote bag to do a fitness challenge?
Now, if you’re looking for a full eating plan then you’ll be a bit hard-pressed to find a good free version. But starting out with some basic healthy recipes, like these PB & Apple Overnight Oats or this Super Easy Mexican Chopped Salad is a great way to start.
Which One Will You Try?
If you’re looking for a fun way to get a workout routine started, think about trying out a fitness challenge this year. It can be a great way to kick it up a notch if you’re already a gym regular too. As long as you check with your doctor first, you should be good to go!
Follow me on Instagram @ThisMissCooks to see which fitness challenge I’m tackling now!