The Power Of A Challenge
Maybe it’s my competitive nature, or perhaps I just like the idea of having a solid plan that I don’t have to make - but I love a good challenge! Is anyone with me? I am talking about anything from 5k races to participating in dry January with a group of girlfriends! Something about the comradery of mutual suffering just sparks something within me! (Just kidding… kind of!)
For my challenges I like to create workout programs that give you a flexible set of guidelines to follow that help you stay motivated in reaching your goals. I have found these challenges to help my clients time and time again, and now I am sharing the secret to their success by breaking down the top three reasons why joining challenges simply work!
1. Accountability - With my challenges I always accompany them with support. Because some days you just need that little extra push to get your butt moving! As a virtual personal trainer, I encourage my clients to share their experience on social media and in our community forum group so we can cheer each other along. I also make myself text me with any questions throughout the challenge. A little support goes a long way, and if nothing else, feeling like you don’t want to let your trainer down is sometimes motivation enough!
2. Structure - Let’s face it, we could all use a little more structure in our lives to keep us on track. Fitness challenges help by providing us a routine that we can stick to, rather than leaving the decision making up to our own devices. Fitness challenges provide you with a clear schedule, ensure you are working different muscle groups each day, and optimizing your results. (Side note: the good challenges work in rest days to help your muscles recover and prepare themselves for your next workout which is super important!)
3. Consistency - Whatever your goal might be - losing weight, toning up, running a 5k, increasing your endurance etc. - consistency is really the only way to achieve success! Challenges build in consistency for you by providing you with a structured schedule to follow that includes a plan for each day of the week! If you stick to the challenge, you won’t go days without making progress and set yourself back from your goals!
So there you have it! If you are in dire need of accountability, structure, and/or consistency, then maybe signing up for a fitness challenge is your key! I find that challenges are a great way to kick start a new habit, or level-up your current routine. Challenges are a great way to change what you are currently doing, to experience different results - whatever your goals might be!
Challenge yourself today by signing up for Body In Motion today and try out the latest 4-week challenge designed to help you grow your strength and endurance!
Self-Motivation vs. Self-Accountability
Raise your hand if you’ve set your alarm to get in a workout before work, only to lay there in the morning when it goes off thinking of an excuse to validate hitting snooze. We’ve all been there. You are not alone. I mean it’s hardly even fair given how comfy our beds and pillows are!
When it comes to health and fitness, the number one thing that people struggle with is accountability. Often, we are the only ones holding ourselves accountable, which makes us more likely to be lax when it comes to creating and sticking with good habits!
Sure, the world has created mechanisms for helping with accountability. There are apps, trackers, challenges, contests, programs, goal setting, etc. But guess what! Each of those things still require self-accountability. That’s right! A tracker only works if you input your information consistently and accurately. An app only holds you accountable if you actually open it up each day.
Believe me I am a huge fan of accountability helpers. But at the end of the day, it all comes down to YOU and your commitment to the goal that you set for yourself. No buddy system or month-long challenge is going to be a cure all if you haven’t found an effective way to stay motivated!
As a personal trainer, I know a thing or two about motivating others, but it’s a whole different game when it comes to motivating yourself. Often times we can be our own worst critics, and our own worst enablers. So how do we break the cycle and find a way to truly motivate ourselves? I’m sharing my four favorite tricks for sticking to your health and fitness goals that will make you a self-motivating machine!
Self-motivation is all about being your biggest fan
It’s not easy, but it’s the best gift you can give yourself. If you need a place to get started, or just want to change up your fitness routine, sign up for my virtual personal training program Body In Motion and take my Four Week Tone-up Challenge. This challenge gives you what you need to follow the four tricks we just talked about.
Spring is here!!!! So, let’s get out there and motivate ourselves to live the healthiest and happiest lifestyles we can! Sign up for the Body in Motion virtual personal trainer membership today and be sure to check out the 4 week tone-up challenge to kick-start your progress!
Jenna Webster, ACSM, ACE – Personal trainer specializing in empower busy women to live healthy and active lifestyles!”