Spring has arrived early in Central PA! I’m so glad that we have a had a mild Winter after the last two years of some pretty brutal snow and cold. Once the warm weather gets here, we all start thinking about getting in better shape for the shorts, tank tops and swimming suits.
There’s no better way to stay motivated to work out than to take part in a fitness challenge. Here’s a really good one I found on the Fit Women of God website. It’s been their most popular post and has gone viral on Pinterest. I like it because it uses a variety of exercises. It starts out with a few reps and increases the amount gradually over time. It includes two rest days every week. It has all the components of a good workout. This is a great challenge for you and a friend to begin for Spring. You can even start your own Facebook fitness challenge group and use this challenge for your workout. Have fun!
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In my last post I showed you how to start a private fitness group on facebook. So now that you have a group, what the heck are you going to do with it? Here’s some ideas for challenges. The goal is to keep your members excited and motivated to work out and eat well.
The first thing we did as a group was to set weekly goals and post our progress. Each member had different goals. Just putting them in writing and declaring them to a group of people makes it more likely that we will reach them. It’s a bonus that we get feedback as we make progress. We also get encouragement if we fall short or get frustrated.
A challenge we did early on was a water challenge. We each figured out how much water we should drink each day according to our weight (the rule of thumb is half your weight in ounces). I needed about 64 oz. Then we posted if we made the goal or not. I tried harder to get to 64 oz. during the two weeks we did this and I know I am still drinking more water now. It has become a habit. A good one. 🙂
Next came the points challenge. This has been really popular! Sharon, one of my group members had a chart that assigned a point value to different intensities of exercise. We earn points depending on what workout we do and how many minutes we spend at it. We have done two of these so far. The first challenge featured 2 teams of 12 people. The second had 6 teams of 4 people. They both lasted for 30 days. Members posted their points for each day in our group and I added them up using a spread sheet. (Thanks to my computer hubby for setting it up for me!) You cannot believe how competitive this got. After the first challenge I had several members message me to thank me and tell me how much weight they had lost. They said they would not have stuck with it had it not been for the extra motivation of the points challenge.
We are now in the middle of “The Stupendous Chase” loosely based on “The Amazing Race”. I mapped out a route using Google maps from the Central PA to Key West. We are taking the round-a-bout way with stops in ten major cities. We are using the same point system to “travel”. One point equals one mile. This challenge is being done in partners. Both partners need to get to each city using their points and then must do some type of challenge. Here’s some examples: In Washington DC, we had to go to the American Ice Company in Georgetown (via website) and order menu items that were preselected. Each team had to send me the bill with 15% tip included. If they sent the correct amount, they had completed the challenge. In Virginia Beach each team had to take part in a water sport of their choice and post a picture to the site. The best one was Nancy’s picture. She stood in the creek behind her house pretending to water ski. I laughed when I saw it until I almost fell out of my computer chair.
I will be travelling quite and bit this summer and will need to come up with some challenges that won’t require keeping track of points. So far I think I will do “Fantastically Fit Friends, where are you?” Everyone will get a little FFF poster to hold in pictures where they are doing fitness activities away from home. They will post the picture with a little discription of the activity. Another idea is “virtual fitness field trips”. Any member can set up a field trip. Let’s say my hubby Bob wants to try a spinning class at the local YMCA. He posts it as an event on the group site. Anyone who is local can go with him. Anyone from out of the area can go to one where they live. Then they can post in the site and compare notes.
Do you have some novel ideas for fitness challenges that you could use in a private Facebook group? Post them here! We could end up with a giant brainstorming session and ALL end up with some great new ideas.
Here’s a tip from your online fitness coach: It’s always easier to stay with your fitness routine if you have likeminded friends to support you and keep you motivated. Did you know you could use Facebook to make your own private fitness group? It’s a great place to bring in your friends, set some goals, track your workouts and be creative to keep each other motivated. Here’s how to set it up.
Step 1 Go to your “home” tab in Facebook and click on the “Create Group” tab in the left sidebar.
Step 2 Now create your group. Give it a name and invite your fitness minded friends. Then make sure you make it a secret group! That way whatever you post is only seen by the people in your group and no one else. Posts will appear in their timeline, but no one else will see them. Genius.
Step 3 Click the “Create” button and you are ready to get started. In my next post, I will give you some ideas on events you can start within your group to increase motivation and keep people exercising.