Fitness Events: Five Reasons to Sign Up
As I promised yesterday in my Run For the Wild 5K post, here are five reasons you should sign up to participate in a fitness event.
What better way to motivate yourself than to commit to an event? You paid the registration fee and told all your friends you’re doing it. If you signed up for an event that requires you to raise money for charity, you’ve now hit up your friends, family, and coworkers for cash. These factors will likely be strong motivators for you to stick to a training regimen that helps you prepare for the event.
2. A little help from your friends
One of the most influential factors as to whether you’ll stick to a weight loss or fitness program is the presence of social support. Typically this means the support of family and friends, but surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals who share similar goals and experiences can be just as helpful in the presence or absence of the support immediately around you. It can also be a great place to make new friends that share your fitness interests.
3. I did it!
There’s really no better feeling than crossing that finish line. You worked hard for it and you did it! Accomplishing goals doesn’t always have to be about the numbers: 10 lbs lost, 3 inches off your waist, 1,500 calories consumed. A goal of simply finishing can provide just as much satisfaction, self-confidence, and motivation. When choosing an event, make sure to be realistic. If you’ve been walking 1 mile a day for just a few weeks, sign up for a walking event, not a 6-mile running race. A personal trainer can help you choose an event that’s realistic and create a plan that will get you ready in time.
4. Fun, fun, fun
Fitness should be fun, something you look forward to. There’s no need to feel like you have to cattle prod yourself into hitting the treadmill or anything else that doesn’t tickle your fitness fancy. There are so many physical activities that can help you get in shape, don’t ever settle. Trying different events can help you find your niche.
5. Did I mention adherence?
As you’ve probably noticed, there’s a running theme in reasons 1-4: adherence. If a program is fun, helps you feel satisfied and accomplished, provides you with support, and motivates you, it’s highly likely you’ll stick to it. And stick-to-itiveness is the biggest challenge to losing weight or simply staying in shape. Many people find that scheduling events periodically keeps them on track and participating in some form of exercise on a daily basis. I keep a calendar of local events on this site in both the sidebar and on the Calendar page. Click on the link of an event that piques your interest and give it a try! Let me know if you sign up and I’ll come do it with you!
–Laura DeLallo, Founder, Living Fit
(Laura is a certified personal trainer and weight management consultant. Want to train with her? Visit Personal Training at Living Fit. Want to learn more about her? Visit the About page.)