Some people are natural born competitors. They seek any opportunity to sign up for events and competitions. Others are more hesitant about the idea. They want to make sure they’re ready for a competition before they sign up. And there are still others who have never considered it. Competing can be a fun way to take your fitness to the next level. It’s an opportunity to test yourself and to have a new experience. So how do you know if you’re ready?
- You’ve Plateaued – It happens in just about any fitness program. You reach a point where it seems like your improvements have leveled out. You are no longer making any personal records, and your enthusiasm and motivation may have leveled out as well. If you’ve reached a flat point in your fitness, it’s a sign that you’re ready to compete. Competition may not only help you increase your intensity and training, it’ll likely teach you a few things about your fitness level.
- You’re Experiencing Great Results – Some people learn later in life that they’re natural athletes who enjoy fitness. If you’re experiencing great results from your current fitness program, put them to the test. You will either perform very well or you’ll learn a bit more about your fitness level and your sport, which is a win as well.
- You’re Bored – It happens to many people regardless of your fitness routine or sport. Workouts become boring and stale. Competition presents a fantastic opportunity to take your fitness to the next level. It’ll give you something to plan for. You’ll set goals and create your workouts to reach those goals so you’re ready for the race.
Competition – What It Is and What It Isn’t
Many people believe that competition is just for athletes. That’s not true at all. Today millions of people are competing in marathons. Are all of them athletes? No. In fact, many of them have never competed in any event. There are also obstacle course events, charity runs, bicycle tours and much more. Competition doesn’t have to mean you competing with other people.
Instead, it’s best to compete with yourself. Set a goal and use the race or event as a means of achieving it. For example, if you want to run a marathon then create a training plan, choose a race, and start running. Your goal may be to finish, it may be to finish in less than four hours, or it may be to simply do the best you can do.
Competition will teach you about yourself. Competitive events can be fun and exciting and a very effective way to regain the fitness enthusiasm and performance you’re seeking.
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