About 7 years ago a friend of mine invited me to a Fitness Challenge. I just had my 3rd baby and thought that it was exactly the kick in the butt that I needed. And that is exactly what a fitness challenge is…a simple kick in the butt. Btw, I won the challenge and haven’t looked back since. Fitness and health are a huge part of my lifestyle now (full disclosure: it wasn’t easy, but it’s worth it.).
We have to be true to ourselves, a six-week fitness challenge won’t change your life forever. We all know that a healthier, stronger you takes dedication and hard work. What a fitness challenge does is help you establish a few new habits to get started on the path to a healthier life and builds some serious momentum.
Most people try to pick about a million goals (which we all know is a recipe for disaster) when starting their journey to a healthier lifestyle. This is why most normal people never actually get anywhere with their progress.
We’re smart people we understand that willpower is a finite resource, that building a small habit and making it permanent is 10 times more important than massive sweeping drastic changes that only last a few weeks. Which is why you’re only going to focus on 3 goals 1) diet 2) fitness and 3) commitment, and you’re going to make them SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.
Here are some GOOD goals:
- By the end of 6 weeks, cut out soda completely
- Hold a plank for 2 minutes with perfect form
- Go to the gym 3 days a week
Here are some BAD goals:
- Workout 17 hours a day (not smart)
- Get fit (not measurable)
- Run a 5k in 12 minutes (not attainable)
- 1,000 squats 5 times (not realistic)
The problem. The more goals you pick, the less willpower you’ll have to dedicate to each of them, and the more likely you’ll be to abandon them all. Work on three goals for 6 weeks and you’ll create new habits.
One of the BEST ways to succeed is to have a support group around you: people to encourage you when you’re down, celebrate your victories with you, and keep you accountable when you feel like slacking.
Don’t just leave it up to yourself to succeed when you have a group willing to help out. Join our Fall Challenge Now.