Although one of the great benefits of exercise is an amazing physique, it is good to have goals that are not just appearance-related. This will give you extra motivation to train and even more ways to watch yourself make progress from all your hard work. Here are some fun ideas of events you can train for!
Sign Up To A Race
Running is a great stress buster. It is also a free activity that you can do just about anywhere. Races are a great way to challenge yourself, and depending what race you enter you can also hit two birds with one stone and get some sightseeing in at the same time! There are races on around the country to suit all levels of fitness and experience.
The main thing you will need to train for a race is a good pair of runners that fit well and are comfortable. You can train on a treadmill indoors but ideally as most races are outdoors you should be getting plenty of road time too, especially if you set your sights on a longer race such as a marathon. Make sure you keep yourself well-hydrated and plan your routes ahead where possible so you can track your progress and timing.
Try A Triathlon
Triathlons are a fantastic challenge to set yourself as they include there events: a cycle, swim and run. There are triathlons of different distances and this means there will be a race to suit you! The training includes all the above activities. It is the type of race you need to do your homework on though, as you will need to either organize renting a bike or bringing your own along with you depending on the event.
White collar boxing matches have risen in popularity over the last few years and are a great way to push yourself and learn a new skill. You don’t have to fight though if you don’t want to, there are plenty of boxing classes available that give you an option to avoid sparring if you wish. If you do want to spar and participate in a fight at the end of training, it is important to invest in a gum shield. You can buy “boil and bite” gum shields very cheaply and this will save you some costly dental bills if you get a knock!
This is a great sport for beginners and advanced athletes alike. In a powerlifting competition, the focus is on the three big lifts: the bench press, deadlift and squat. You don’t have to enter a competition just to try to win, many people enter because they will push themselves that bit harder and hit a new personal best at the event.
There are classes that will help you progress in these lifts, but it is also something you can work on alone. It is well worth asking an instructor in your gym to go through these exercises if you are not familiar with them though to help you to avoid any injuries. All you need is access to a squat rack, bench and a barbell with weights to train for this type of event.
There are loads of great events you can participate in and improve on your fitness too. Training for performance as well as appearance can really help to keep you motivated and focused on your long term goals. It is a great achievement to set and reach a goal outside of your physical appearance, and you can make some new fitness friends along the way! It is a sure fire way to keep yourself interested in fitness and working as hard as possible because you have an event to work towards.