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Challenge Yourself: Try Something New and Good for Your Health

Motivating yourself to consistently make healthy choices and maintain a healthy lifestyle can be difficult. Whether you get bored of your exercise regime, get tired of the same food, or thrive when challenging yourself, trying something new and healthy can give you motivation and variety that will improve your overall health. Depending on your personality and health and fitness preferences, what you try doesn’t need to be extreme—in fact, when a new year begins, many people set unrealistic health goals that they end up failing. And the impact of failure could end up making it even more difficult to get and stay motivated.

This year, reap the benefits of setting a manageable goal to challenge yourself with something new and good for your health…

1. Train For a Race

For some, marathons can seem far beyond their fitness level, but what many people don’t know is how doable it actually is. And the joy, fulfillment and self-appreciation the first time you cross that finish line will overwhelm you in the best way—it’s unlike any feeling you’ve ever experienced. For your first race, try a 5K and give yourself ample time to train. Setting small goals along the way will keep you motivated and give you a sense of accomplishment every time you get closer to the end goal, the race itself. You could also look into running groups in your area that specifically train for races.

If you already regularly enter races and marathons, challenge yourself by signing up for something more difficult. With how popular races are, your city or one close to you will offer several different kinds of races year-round, and some of these races can require a lot more than running. A race like Tough Mudder is an obstacle course that requires climbing and crawling, as well as endurance and teamwork to complete. A triathlon has swimming, running and biking, and can also be a good challenge.

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