Well, that’s the big question isn’t it…do they work, are they a fad or do they increase motivation?
A fitness challenge can be anything you want it to be, within reason of course.
Fitness challenges are nothing new but they definitely grew in popularity during lockdown 2020. Everyone who once found motivation at the gym, at their local park or with a fitness trainer, had no other choice than to find a new way of working out and the popularity of fitness challenges soared. Everyone hopped on this trend, I even did my fair share – particularly loved a fantastic four-week lockdown series challenge on my app (which is still available!).
If you’re wondering if they will help you tone up, shift some weight or build muscle strength, then that really does depend on the actual challenge. There are hundreds circulating on the internet so you’ll have plenty to choose from but you need to make sure you choose the right challenge and also that it’s from an instructor you can trust. The last thing you want to do is a challenge that is not suitable and end up with an injury.
Research has shown that just jogging for 10 minutes a day can reduce your risk of heart disease and the benefits of exercise don’t stop there.
Regular exercise can have a huge impact on your health, it can:
- Lower blood sugar
- Increase cardiovascular health
- Improve your posture
- Improve your digestive system
- Reduce stress
- Protect from osteoporosis
- Help with depression
And so much more!
So, how do we make fitness challenges as beneficial as possible?
Fitness challenges are not miracle workers but can really help you get on track…..a holistic approach is always good, as looking at the way in which we eat is essential to really see change. The 80/20 rule really is true. Exercise can only go so far in helping with weight management and progress. Diet will always play a huge role. Processed foods and high-calorie meals will not help you get that ‘new booty in four weeks’ but a healthy, nutritious and balanced diet definitely will.
The lovely nutritionist, Emma Bardwell, has written (with a little input from me too!) an amazing guide called ‘The good guide to eating well in your 40’s and beyond’, this is designed to give you all the knowledge and advice on where we tend to go wrong and gives tools to replicate a sustainable healthy and nutritious way of life. This guide is suitable for all but is especially useful for women going through perimenopause and menopause.
So, my answer is yes, the right fitness challenge can work. They give motivation, a fantastic sense of self-worth and keep you in a routine and at the end you hopefully will be looking & feeling amazing, leaving you wanting more – which is the ultimate goal!
If you are looking for a great fitness challenge from instructors you can trust, then check out niix. We have a new challenge LAUNCHING in early December to get you feeling amazing for the festivities. There is also a range of fitness challenges with recipes, blogs and a whole community of women available, that’ll help you on your journey.