10 Reasons You Should Join a Weight Loss Challenge
1. Because you’re human and people are competitive.
A spirit of competition can bring out determination and staying power you never knew you had, but once you know you have it, you can use it over and over again to achieve your goals.
2. Speaking of goals.
People are more likely to follow through on objectives when they’ve thought about them, collated their ideas and written down their goals. If you take this major step and give yourself some concrete achievements to works toward, you’re much more likely to see them through.
3. Weight loss challenges are habit forming.
Why? Because they last weeks or even months. Getting into the routine of working out and building new patterns takes a couple of weeks. At first you dread it, you slog through, then a place has been made in your schedule, in your life, it’s what you expect to do everyday–it’s part of the plan. Once you work it in and plant it deep, you’ve got something you know how to sustain and your body will ask for each day–a habit. From there, success!
4. The Community
When you join a weight loss challenge, often you do it with other people, you form teams and compete against other teams. Committing to a team or even one other person to do something on a regular basis gives you a sense of accountability, and accountability is a very good thing in your get-fit, weight loss goals. Research shows that people who have workout partners succeed in their fitness and weight-loss goals MUCH more often than those who go it alone. You don’t want to let down the team, right? You want to contribute! Be accountable and stay the course, and we promise you’ll see results!
5. Positive Reinforcement
Goal setting is an important part of any weight-loss challenge because it gives you milestones, small accomplishments to celebrate along the way, and who couldn’t use some positive reinforcement when they’re really working hard to make changes in life? So, celebrate the milestones and let them spur you on!
6. You’re going to learn new skills in a weight-loss challenge.
You’ll get tips on eating healthy, new ideas for workouts, you’ll probably take some classes you hadn’t looked at before. You’ll get a variety of new tools for the tool box, so that when the challenge is over, you can keep building, keep the momentum going, instead of stalling out when your routine starts to feels stale and uninspiring.
7. Being involved in a weight-loss challenge is fun!
There’s a sense of excitement as you and your fellow competitors embark on this journey! You’ll build camaraderie with people and form new relationships. There’s something about being in the trenches together that can bring out the humor in all kinds of situations. Join in, relax, and enjoy the company!
8. All those friends you’ll find in the trenches will lift you up.
They’ll encourage you when you think it’s just too hard, you don’t have time, you’re too tired, etc. Those people will be your biggest cheerleaders and you’ll be theirs. There’s nothing like being fully supported to help a person succeed.
9. You’ll be healthier!
And really, isn’t that what this is all about? With health comes a sense of well being and lessening of stress. Think of that morning run as a chase after your healthier self and pick up the pace!
10. When it’s all over, you’ll have such a feeling of accomplishment.
You did it! You stayed the course, worked harder than you thought you could, lost weight and took a big step toward a healthier future. What could be better than that?!