When it comes to fitness, it can be hard to motivate yourself, especially if you don't have any fitness goals and friends or family to accomplish those targets with. But even if you find yourself with a desire to have a fitness goal and people to meet it with and aren't quite sure where to start, don't despair! This blog post will give you 5 easy steps to starting your own social fitness challenges, an online competition among friends, family, and co-workers so you can all reach a goal together.
The first step to creating an online fitness challenge is coming up with the contest itself! You can survey the people you plan to challenge or pick something you are personally striving to reach. Examples could be running a 5K, half-marathon, an obstacle race, a burpee challenge, a bike ride, a triathlon, or a weight loss challenge. The great thing about a social fitness challenge is you don't have to be in the same location to complete it. Use your connection over social fitness apps to encourage each other as you train if you aren't in the same place.
Ask your friends and family to join you in the challenge. You can choose people who have similar fitness goals and get in shape for a race, or you can compete across a spectrum of fitness levels, like a weight loss challenge.
If your goal is to have all the competitors participate in the same race on a certain day, the obvious deadline is the day of the event. Or perhaps your challenge is to do 100 burpees a day for a month. A weight loss challenge might be who can lose the most weight by the first day of spring. Whatever it is, establish a clear deadline for your competitors.
The competitors in your group may already use wearable fitness devices like Fitbit or use apps on their smartphone like Strava. Don't worry if your friends and family are all using different apps to track their fitness journeys. You can all connect on inKin. InKin is a website and mobile app that allows you to sync up with all of your friends using different apps without having to exclude people just because they don't use the same wearable as you. Another great feature about inKin is that it gives people a way to participate even if they don't have a wearable. You may track 20 fitness and health metrics on the platform such as steps, calories, body measurements, weight, blood pressure and more. You can easily set up various competitions on inKin and appeal to people's competitive side as well as celebrate your success as a group the team battle mode. For example, inKin will tell you the team's combined calories burned, and distance walked. But you can also challenge other people in the group to a duel.
After everyone completes your challenge, don't forget to celebrate your success. If all the competitors are in the same geographic area, you could all go out for dinner or drinks. If you don't want the celebration to be food related, you can always celebrate by doing a fun activity together like seeing a movie, going for a hike, or visiting a local attraction. For those who are competing over a distance, you might have to get creative with your celebration. Women may enjoy celebrating by buying a new workout outfit.
So there you have it—5 easy steps to setting up your own social fitness challenge. Once you establish your challenge, round up a group of friends - use competition to your advantage and let it propel you towards your goals.
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