How a Virtual Fitness Challenge Can Change Your Life

April 14, 2023

If you’re looking to get in shape and improve your health, a virtual fitness challenge may be the perfect solution for you. Virtual fitness challenges are a great way to stay motivated and accountable, and they can provide you with the support and community that you need to reach your goals. 

Here are just a few of the ways a virtual fitness challenge can change your life:

You’ll get in shape 

That’s the obvious one, right? But it’s worth repeating: if you stick with a virtual fitness challenge, and combine that with a sensible, balanced diet, you will see results. You’ll lose weight, tone up, and improve your overall fitness.

You’ll be more motivated  

When you’re part of a virtual fitness challenge, you’re not alone. You’ll have leaderboards and groups to join and track the progress of you and others. You’ll have a team of people cheering you on and supporting you every step of the way, whther they’re real life friends or those you make along your fitness journey. This can be a huge motivator, especially on those days when you don’t feel like getting out and putting some miles on the clock. 

You’ll be more accountable  

When you sign up for a virtual fitness challenge, you’re making a commitment to yourself and to the other participants that you’re going to hit your targets, whatever they might be. It doesn’t matter whether you’re aiming to walk 50 miles, run 200 miles, or cycle 500 miles, signing up for an official virtual challenge can help you stay on track and reach your goals. 

You’ll meet new friends  

One of the best things about virtual fitness challenges is that you’ll get to meet new people who share your interests and have the same ambitions. You gain a new support system of people who understand what you’re going through and who can help you stay motivated. Who knows? You might start out cheering each other on from afar and eventually come together to notch up the miles together?  

You’ll get mental health benefits 

Exercise is proven to improve mental health by reducing anxiety, depression and negative mood. If you wake up sluggish and struggling to get motivated for the day then try going for a walk, run or cycle at the start of the day when the sun is rising and the birds are singing. Giving yourself the boost of fresh air and endorphins from the exercise that a virtual fitness challenge gives, will set you up for the day just right.   

You’ll have fun  

Working out doesn’t have to be boring. Virtual fitness challenges play to the benefits of a variety of activities, including walking, hiking, running and cycling, so you can find something that you enjoy and what works for your fitness ambitions. When you’re having fun, you’re more likely to stick with it. 

If you’re ready to make a change in your life, a Fitwins virtual fitness challenge is a great place to start. Download our dedicated app, register for a challenge and start on your journey to physical and mental wellness.  

How to Choose the Right Fitwins Fitness Challenge Targets for You 

There are several distance targets available for both walking/running and cycling virtual challenges with Fitwins, with different medal ribbons to denote how far you were able to complete in a month. This gives users of all ability the chance to fight for objectives that suit them. Here are some things to consider when setting yourself realistic targets.  

Fitness level  

Your fitness level will dictate the distance you’re able to cover in a single session, and therefore how far you may want to aim for during a monthly challenge.  

Your activity of choice 

The way you approach the challenge will obviously dictate your targeted distance for a month. If you’re very casual about it and simply want to take on the challenge whilst you walk your dog on a morning, then you’ll probably aiming for a modest target. Avid walkers who hop into the car and take on a trail in the countryside will hit big numbers at their own pace. If you’re a long distance runner, like our company founder and competitive marathon runner Carl Ryde, then it’s reasonable to think you might be able to target the top end distances fairly quickly. Equally, if you’re a keen cyclist then you’re going to aim big.  

Your schedule 

How much time do you have to commit to the Fitwins virtual fitness challenge? If it’s no more than an hour on a morning then you’re going to be more limited in your ability to cover huge distances, and may want to set yourself shorter distance targets with a view to extending the virtual finishing line each time you hit the milestones.  

How to Get the Most Out of Your Virtual Fitness Challenge 

Once you’ve chosen a virtual fitness challenge, it’s time to get started. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your challenge: 

Set realistic goals – Don’t expect to see results overnight, especially if you’re new to distance-based exercise, or you’ve lapsed from previously having been much fitter. Set realistic goals and track your progress by checking the leaderboard and the virtual map to see how far you’ve come, as well as how far there is to go.  

Be consistent – The key to success in any fitness challenge is consistency. Make sure to get out and hitting the miles, as well as eat healthy foods that will complement your regime. 

Don’t give up – There will be days when you don’t feel like going out and making progress, but don’t give up! Just keep going, get involved with the community to absorb some of that sweet encouragement, and you will reach your goals. 

There you go.

A short but sweet guide to how taking part in a Fitwins virtual fitness challenge can and will change your life. As with any level of exercise, it will take some dedication from you to ensure you’re eating the right food and taking in plenty of liquids, but the physical and mental benefits of setting yourself targets and achieving them on your own terms are huge.  

Fitwins is a virtual fitness challenge app that sets different distances for users to target and walk, hike, run or cycle towards in their own time and at their own convenience, whether it’s on the roads, up mountains or on the treadmill. They will then traverse different cities and landmarks on a Google Street View platform to take a virtual tour. Each challenge features a global leaderboard and gives users the opportunity to create groups for friends to join them on their journey.   

Users can access and register for virtual challenges completely free, or they can upgrade to medal entry which earns them a premium quality reward pack including certificate of achievement, partnered brand products, and an exclusive heavyweight medal to keep as a memento of their success.  

The app is available free from Google Play Store or Apple App Store via the links below.  

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FAQ

Not sure how virtual fitness works?

The easiest way to learn is to try Fitwins for yourself! The app is free to download, and you only pay for challenges you take part in, so why not take it for a test drive?

In the meantime, here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about how Fitwins compares to other virtual walking challenges.

No! We believe that flexibility is the key to fitness success, so instead of forcing you to complete a set distance, we let you set your own goal.  This means you can be flexible in how you complete YOUR challenge: so if you are smashing your target, you can raise the bar and aim for more. 

All entries into our challenge will receive a great medal, with a ribbon specific to the challenge type.

For our “iconic challenges”, your ribbon will have a unique design related to the challenge. For our regular monthly challenges, your ribbon will reflect the total distance you covered.

Running and walking ribbons are awarded based on 25, 50, 75, 100, 125, 150, 175 and 200+ miles. Cycling ribbons are for distances of 50km, 100km, 200km, 500km, 1000km, 2000km and 3000km. 

Absolutely! Not only that, but all the distance you’ve covered since the start of the month will count, as the Fitwins App syncs with Strava and logs all activities from the start of the month, regardless of what date you sign up for the challenge. 

If you are hitting the streets with your app activated, verification is completed automatically by sycning with Strava. You can focus on completing your challenge, and we’ll take care of the rest.

If you’re using a treadmill, exercycle or other stationary equipment for some of your challenge, you’ll need to log this manually.

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