You might have set yourself fitness challenges over lockdown such as joining an online exercise class or virtual running/cycling but have you thought of setting yourself a challenge to help bring you out of lockdown?
Perhaps you’ve seen the Couch to 5K challenge. A steady, achievable challenge that will see you go from little or no running to completing a 5K in a matter of weeks. If you already enjoy running/jogging you could sign up to a local Park Run once they all start up again.
Physical and Mental Benefits
It can’t be stated enough how amazing exercise is for us both physically and mentally but like anything in life it’s easy to fall into a rut. Doing something a bit different really engages your body and mind, forcing you to use muscles you might not have used for a while or concentrate on something you’ve not done before.
Some examples of challenges you could set yourself are:
Open Water Swimming
Amanda recently challenged herself to try open water swimming. Amanda classes herself as a pretty good swimmer but it was always in a pool. Swimming in open water is completely different. The release of endorphins post swim leaves you feeling on top of the world! It really reinforces how encouraging ourselves to try different activities challenges the body to work in a different way, using different muscles and truly engaging the brain.
Fitness You Will Love!
Starting up an exercise regime might seem daunting now the gyms have reopened and exercise classes can resume but setting yourself a simple fitness challenge will help you get back on track and reignite your love for fitness!.. It doesn’t have to be anything big or daunting, you can just set yourself small, easily achievable challenges such as attending a class for 1 month or walking 30 minutes every day for 30 days and see how much better you feel once you’ve completed your challenge.
New Fitness Challenge
Giving yourself a new fitness challenge can have many positive effects, not just the obvious physical effects but the positive mental benefits such as feelings of accomplishment and pride as well as the amazing endorphins exercise gives us. If you set yourself an achievable, smaller challenge to start with you might just find yourself itching for the next challenge to conquer!
If you need any advice or support on your fitness journey Amanda offers personal coaching: Find out more about Fitness Coaching >
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