Define Your Competition:
It can be anything, such as placing in a fitness competition, a wager between a group of friends or an individual goal such as beating a personal record or completing a marathon.
Make a Plan:
The act of joining a competition alone won’t help you reach your goals. It is imperative that you have a solid vision of your goals, a definition of success and a strategy to reach your goals. Remember, whatever you are competing for, the goal is to use competition as motivation and inspiration to challenge your current fitness program. Having a plan creates measurable action steps to reach new levels.
Incentivize Your Workouts:
What are you wagering? Is it a friendly competition with silly repercussions for the loser? Is it a monetary reward for maintaining a weekly commitment? Is it a trip, new wardrobe or prizes for specific weight loss? However you choose to incentivize the ongoing challenge, wagering means you will be more motivated to meet your goals.
Mix-up Your Workouts:
In order to achieve new goals you will have to try new things. For example, to increase weight loss you may have to change your workout to be more cardio intense, or you might have to try new equipment that you have not previously integrated into your workout. Adding variety to your workouts is an excellent way to challenge your body and get it out of a rut.
Track Your Progress:
It is easier to stick to lifestyle changes if you can definitively know what works for you. Tracking your health, diet and fitness helps you make informed decisions about if the steps you are taking are getting you closer to your overall goal. Additionally, it is motivating to look back and have a clear picture of the progress you have made.