There’s comes a point for everyone when a hobby becomes a passion. Casual training no longer cuts the mustard and you start looking towards goals to spice things up. If you’ve reached that stage when it comes to exercise – if gym routines aren’t satisfying your needs and you’re looking to take things to a new level – why not rekindle that sense of challenge by taking on one of these goals for the year.
If until now you’ve just been competing against yourself, by why not add a new dimension by competing against other people? This could be a local charity run, an endurance race, a bodybuilding competition or a weightlifting contest. Even activities you might not expect to be competitive such as yoga and zumba host competitions. This will give you a new sense of drive – no longer meeting your own standards, but a standard that rivals other people.
Take up a new sport
Rather than keeping to the same sport, you could diversify and take up another. Find something that you’re interested in but that will also challenge you. This could be within the same field – if you’re a boxer you may want to take up kickboxing, if you like badminton you may want to try squash. Alternatively, you can try something completely different – for example an aerobic sport if until now all of your exercise has been anaerobic. You’ll learn completely new skills that may even help with your other fitness passions.
Seek professional training
Hiring a personal trainer or private coach could be worth pursuing if until now you’ve only ever been self-taught. Even a few sessions could give you some much needed pointers to push you to the next level. You could combine this with some form of competition or personal goal such as a marathon or a contest. Search for private trainers or join a special club.
Become a trainer
Perhaps you’ve learnt enough that you’re ready to teach others your own tricks and techniques. You can find all manner of fitness courses online that could give you the qualifications needed to start your own club or become your own private coach. Having these qualifications will help bolster your reputation. Individual sports meanwhile may require you to have reached a certain level and standard before being eligible to take your own classes and clients.
Create a fitness blog
Another way of passing on your knowledge is to start a fitness blog, giving others advice through regular posts. These could be general fitness posts or specific posts related to your individual field. Many self-taught fitness fanatics may prefer reading advice than hiring a trainer. A blog doesn’t even have to be for giving advice – it could be a personal diary to help you try and achieve your fitness goals. By broadcasting your day-to-day personal achievements and objectives to the world, it may spur you on to do better knowing that there are readers monitoring your progress.