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Published June 28, 2013 in Exercise & Fitness
Fitness Challenge Ideas
 
© DRS Health, Inc. All rights reserved.By Jill Armayor, as seen on LIVESTRONG.com

Whether the New Year or swimsuit season is approaching, you strive to reach your fitness goals. Maybe your normal routine has grown a bit boring and you are struggling to get yourself motivated for your workout or maybe you have hit a frustrating plateau in your progress. Sometimes, fresh ideas can take your workout routine from stagnant to stimulating. Try one of these ideas to add something new and fun to your workout, to help you stay on the path to fitness success.

Take Up a New Activity

You may be one of those individuals who always wanted to try a new sport, but since you are now an adult, you feel that it is too late. Whether it is dancing, soccer, or co-ed softball, there is something out there to fit your interests. Step out of your comfort zone and research the programs that your parks and recreation department have for your community. Junior colleges are also a great place to look for beginner’s classes in a variety of different activities. Pick up a group exercise schedule at your fitness center and try something new.

Get Others Involved

Get your fitness friends together and come up with a competitive challenge to do together. For instance, a good co-ed challenge is to see who can lose the highest percentage of body fat. Start by having a professional take your pre-competition measurements. Keep the competition at least four weeks long and then get your post evaluation done. To sweeten the pot, each person competing can contribute $10.00 and the winner takes all.

Write Your Own Challenge

Revisit your fitness goals and rewrite them, being more specific. What is it that you truly want to accomplish? Would you like to be able to run a mile in under nine minutes? If so, mold your training plan around that goal. If your goal is speed, start implementing interval training into your routine. If it is strength, put a heavy weight lifting day on your schedule. If your goal is weight loss, try adding a couple of full body circuit training sessions to your week.

Give Yourself a Prize

If you set small goals for yourself, you can also set prizes for reaching them along the way. This will help you stay motivated, even if sometimes you feel like you are only going through the motions. It could be something small like downloading 5 songs to your MP3 player for every pound you lose. Scheduling a massage after every ten completed workouts is a great perk to keep you motivated. A shopping spree to get some new clothes is a great reward for reaching your fitness goal.
 
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