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Rise to the challenge

Rise to the challenge

Fitness expert Sarah Cowley Ross explains how setting targets can inspire and motivate us to achieve our goals.

A challenge is defined as something that is new, different and requires both effort and determination.

Personally, I need challenges in my life to keep me going, particularly with my fitness.

Like most people, I can lack motivation at times. A great way to flick the motivation switch for me is to work towards a challenge to keep things fresh and keep me inspired.

That’s why at Healthy Food Guide we want to give you some fitness challenge inspiration every month.

And this month we’re kicking things off by asking you to sign up and show up, whether it’s to a fun run or walk, a bike ride or playing for a social sports team.

Signing up for a fitness event provides a focus and helps motivate you to prepare for the event. When we know we have an event approaching we know we need to be consistent in showing up with our fitness.

From next issue on, as well as my usual fitness column I’ll include a new challenge you can work on over the four weeks between issues.

Some months might be easy for you to tick off so please modify any challenges to make sure you’re pushing yourself a bit. And some challenges might need to be tweaked a bit, so you don’t stretch yourself so much you break in the process.

All you have to do is your best. If a challenge takes you longer to complete than a month that’s all good too.

We would love to hear how you’re going throughout each challenge, so feel free to share on social media (#HFGChallenge).

I’ll be sharing some of my tips and tricks, which I have used both in my former life as an Olympic athlete and now as a mum juggling family and work commitments. We’re in this together so we would love to hear of any gold nuggets you have too.

One of the best things you can do after you sign up is tell someone. When you tell someone about your plan to tick off your event, you feel more accountable.

My friend has signed me up for a 24km trail walk, which is going to stretch me as I’m definitely not used to walking that far. It helps to have supportive friends who help you push your boundaries and I see the whole day as a cool opportunity to hang out with some girlfriends doing something epic together.

Challenge accepted!

First published: Jun 2019

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