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Are you ready to push yourself with a fitness competition? Find out why a taste of healthy competition might make you more successful in life. As an athlete would say, “Challenging yourself will make you successful both on and off the field.”
The running and triathlon season is in full swing, and many people are taking the plunge and pushing their love of activity to the next level by signing up for a race. There is something transformative about setting a physical goal and completing it.
All humans are designed to compete on some level. During the early days of our existence, we would compete to survive. It’s amazing, however, that today being active is a choice. We no longer have to run, swim or wrestle to get food. We don’t have to run to avoid becoming food either. In history, inactive humans would simply not survive.
In our modern society, I believe that we all still posses that natural desire to compete. People who don’t consider themselves to be athletically gifted often find other ways to fulfill their need for competition. Academic games, computer games or simply being competitive in the workplace are just some of the ways people get their competition fix.
Children are the experts at making a competition out of daily tasks. If you spend five minutes in my home, you would laugh at my naturally competitive children creating a contest in everything they do—from getting dressed, tying their shoelaces or being first through the front door. I encourage this fun competition because it helps me to get all of us out of the house in time for school.
Being part of a group fitness competition is fun. Win or lose, it can feel good to be part of something that includes other people. Sometimes, it’s the promise of a prize that gets people motivated to participate, or for others, just the feeling of accomplishment is sufficient. Yes, I know I can’t forget to mention the good old bragging rights element. Although in the spirit of being a good sport, we will focus on the feel-good factor for now.
Today, I want to encourage you to become engaged in an active challenge. Although being inactive will not end with you eaten by a predator or starving to death, there are many health risks that are directly linked to inactivity. If you need a little bit of encouragement to get you up and off the couch, check out my six reasons why competing in a challenge may change your life.
Motivation: Lack of motivation is one of the most common excuses I hear from people who choose not to work out. When you sign up for a race or competition, you’ll be motivated to follow a fitness program so you perform well on race day. Even the most serious workout-a-holics have days when they can’t pull themselves into the gym, so having a date to work towards will help you stay accountable on those lazy days.
Inspirational leadership: Races and fitness competitions give you the opportunity to be part of a team. Even though running a 5k or marathon is an individual challenge, many race organizers provide resources to join a training group. You can encourage and inspire others to complete their fitness goal at the same time as receiving encouragement from others. Leading by example is often the best way to inspire others.
Improved organizational skills: Training for a race takes commitment and planning. If you wish to be successful, you’ll have to manage your schedule to fit in your training days. The ability to multi-task and prioritize your responsibilities is a quality that is desirable in all areas of your life, especially in the workplace.
Improved confidence: Setting a fitness goal and completing it will boost your confidence. Have you ever wondered why athletes tend to walk with a bounce in their step? I can tell you from experience that it’s because they are striving to be at their best every single day. Making time for self-improvement will make you feel good about yourself.
Improved fitness level: Being committed to a training program for a set number of weeks will help to improve your overall fitness level. Your body will naturally adapt to increased physical demands, especially when you are consistent with your fitness plan.
Improved nutritional habits: Training and being physically active will encourage you to fuel your body efficiently. Being active and eating healthily go hand in hand. If you consume a healthy diet, your energy level will improve and inspire you to be more active. And when you are active, your body will demand quality fuel. This is a perfect combination for weight loss, weight management and self-improvement.
I hope my list of reasons to embark on a fitness competition inspires you to get active and find your natural competitive spirit. If self-improvement is not enough motivation to get you up and moving, look for a fitness competition that is connected to your favorite charity and improve your life while helping to improve the lives of others.