Here are ten fitness challenges to motivate your group over the biggest hurdle most people encounter when trying to stay on the healthy nutrition and exercise path. Staying motivated. Having a group of friends to keep each other accountable is a great idea. Furthermore, it’s even easier to do now that we can stay connected via e-mail, Facebook etc. If you like these ideas, you may also want to check out The Big Book of 30 Day Challenges.
Ten Fitness Challenges to Motivate Your Group
Weight loss/food challenges to motivate your group
1. Seven day water challenge: For 7 days, drink your height in water. For example, I’m 64 inches tall so I would drink 64 oz. of water each day. If you don’t drink much water right now, work yourself up by drinking 8 ounces more each week leading up to the challenge.
2. Seven day low sugar challenge: Women should limit added sugar to 24 grams per day. Men should limit added sugar to 36 grams per day. Check the nutrition facts label for sugar. It you are eating fresh fruits and veggies, those are natural sugar. Also, some dairy products also contain natural sugar. You don’t have to count it! Yay.
3. Share one healthy recipe each week: Challenge members to submit a healthy recipe they have tried. The group can vote for their favorite. A secret Facebook group works great for something like this. You could even plan an event where everyone brings a healthy dish with recipes to distribute to group members.
4.Thirty day weight loss percentage challenge. Keep track of the amount of weight you lose for thirty days. The person who loses the highest percentage of his/her body weight is the winner. This is a more fair way to do a weight loss challenge as some members may have more weight to lose than others.
5. Seven day NO (pick two junk foods, like soda and chips) challenge. Group members check in each day to talk about how they are doing and the benefits they are experiencing. A group atmosphere promotes motivating each other and cheering each other’s accomplishments.
Fitness Challenges to Motivate Your Group
6. Thirty day points challenge: Use a 1 pt. multiplier for light exercise, 1.5 pt. multiplier for moderate exercise and a 2 pt multiplier for intense exercise. Multiply the time you exercise by the intensity multiplier. Keep track of your points each day. The person with the most points at the end of 30 days is the winner. You can compete individually or in teams of varying sizes. This seems to be the most popular of the “Ten Fitness Challenges to Motivate Your Group”. You can sign up to download the point tracker right here on my page!
7. Enter an event together: Try a 5K, a Warrior Dash, or a bike ride for charity. If you don’t all live in the same place, you can enter where you live, compare notes and post pictures for each other using e-mail, facebook, twitter etc.
8. Pick an exercise (sit-up, push-up, burpees, miles run/walked etc). Keep track of the number of these exercises you do for seven days. Person or team who does the most is the lucky winner!
Travel challenges to motivate your group
9. Virtual Race: Use the same multiplier as in #3 above. One point equals one mile. Now plan a race from one point on the map to another. First person or team to the designated finish line is the winner. You could race to a favorite location. My group raced to Key West, Florida! It got me motivated to plan a real trip there for this January.
10. Where in the world?: This is a cute one for the summer when everyone is traveling. Make a logo or mascot for your group that can easily be packed in a suitcase. Whenever a group member takes part in an active event while they are out of town, they take a photo and share it with the group. Add a description of what the activity was. We modeled our mascot on the famous “Flat Stanley”
I hope these ten fitness challenges to motivate your group can keep you motivated to reach ultimate goals of losing weight, gaining strength and getting healthy. Do you have any fitness challenges you have had success with? Please share them. I am always looking for new ideas.
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