How to stay motivated when completing a virtual fitness challenge 

How to stay motivated when completing a virtual fitness challenge

May 26, 2023

How to stay motivated when taking on a virtual fitness challenge 

If you’re ready to take on a virtual fitness challenge, then look no further than Fitwins! This exciting program offers the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself and stay motivated while achieving your fitness goals. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or just starting out, Fitwins has something for everyone.  

The virtual aspect of our fitness challenges allows for flexibility and convenience, making it easier to fit into your busy schedule. But how do you stay motivated throughout the program and get the most out of your experience? We’ll tell you! 

Set Clear and Achievable Goals 

Define Your Fitness Goals 

To stay motivated throughout a virtual fitness challenge, it’s crucial to set clear and achievable goals. Determine what you want to accomplish, whether it’s losing weight, building strength, improving your endurance, or simply staying active. By having a specific target in mind, you’ll be more likely to stay focused and committed to your challenge. 

Break Your Goals into Smaller Milestones 

Breaking your main goal into smaller milestones can make the challenge feel more manageable and achievable. For example, if your goal is to run the initial 25-mile target, then break it down into weekly or even daily distance goals. This way, you can track your progress in more ways than one, and celebrate your accomplishments along the way. 

Choose the Right Challenge for You 

Select the virtual fitness challenge that aligns with your goals and interests. If you enjoy running, choose the challenge that focuses on running, whether it’s Sydney, Tokyo, or any other future challenges; if you prefer cycling, select the Grand Tour cycling challenge. The more invested you are in the activity, the more likely you are to stay motivated. 

Create a Plan and Stick to It

How to stay motivated when completing a virtual fitness challenge
How to stay motivated when completing a virtual fitness challenge

Develop a Training Plan 

Creating a plan for your virtual fitness challenge is a great way of staying motivated. Outline a training schedule, including workout days, rest days, and the specific exercises or activities you’ll be doing. This will help you maintain a sense of structure and consistency throughout the challenge, and help you to avoid getting waylaid by other things.  

Set Aside Time for Workouts 

Schedule your workouts in your calendar or planner and treat them as non-negotiable appointments. By committing to specific workout times, you’ll be more likely to follow through and complete your training sessions. 

Adjust Your Plan as Needed 

Remember that flexibility is key in any fitness journey. If you find that your initial plan is too challenging or not challenging enough, don’t be afraid to make adjustments to it to suit you and your ability. This will help you stay engaged and prevent burnout or boredom. 

Track Your Progress

How to stay motivated when completing a virtual fitness challenge
How to stay motivated when completing a virtual fitness challenge

Use Fitness Apps and Trackers 

Fitwins can be linked with Strava, and we will be announcing some very special developments in the coming weeks regarding additional apps that will be compatible with Fitwins. These tools allow you to track your distance, time, pace, and other relevant metrics, which then feed into the Fitwins challenge. Of course, if you don’t have Strava, you can manually input your distances directly into Fitwins. By keeping a record of your achievements, you’ll be more motivated to continue pushing yourself and reaching new milestones. 

Maintain a Workout Journal 

In addition to using fitness apps, you could maybe consider keeping a workout journal to document your progress. Write down your daily activities, the distance you covered, and any personal achievements or challenges you faced. Reflecting on your journey can provide motivation and insight into areas where you can improve. 

Share Your Progress with Others 

Sharing your progress with friends, family, or via the Fitwins online community can offer encouragement and support. It also adds a level of accountability, as others will be following your journey and cheering you on. Don’t be afraid to tell them if you’re struggling, as they will be more than happy to give you extra shouts of encouragement from wherever they are in the world. Our community is filled with people of all ages and fitness level, as well as preferred activity. We have walkers, runners, hikers and cyclists all pushing one another to succeed.  

Stay Motivated with Rewards and Incentives 

Stay Motivated with Rewards and Incentives 

Earn Medals and Certificates

The Fitwins virtual fitness challenges offer medals and certificates as rewards for completing the challenge or reaching specific milestones – for example if you hit 25 miles, you can receive an exclusively designed, heavy duty medal with a 25-mile ribbon. Hit 200 miles then that’s the ribbon you’ll get. These are tangible symbols of achievement that can serve as powerful motivators and remind you of your hard work and dedication. 

Treat Yourself to Fitness Gear or Experiences 

As you progress through your challenge, consider rewarding yourself with new fitness gear or experiences. This can be anything from a new pair of running shoes to a massage or spa day. Treating yourself to something special can help maintain motivation and make the challenge more enjoyable. You don’t even need to buy some, just get active on socials. Fitwins offers a fantastic pair of 361 running shoes each month as part of a prize draw for members who share themselves with pictures of their medals on social media.  

Create a Reward System 

Develop a reward system for reaching your milestones and completing your virtual fitness challenge. This could be anything from enjoying a guilt-free dessert to taking a day off work to relax and recharge. 

Mix Up Your Workouts 

Try Different Activities 

To prevent boredom and burnout, incorporate different activities into your virtual fitness challenge. For example, if you’re participating in a running challenge, consider adding cycling or walking workouts to your routine. All of the Fitwins challenges can be taken completely for free, so if you’re paying to take part in a cycling challenge, why not just take the free running and walking challenge, to help you mix up your routine.  

Explore New Routes and Scenery 

Changing your workout environment can help keep things fresh and exciting. Try exploring new running or cycling routes, or take your workout to a park or nature reserve. This can provide a mental boost and help you stay motivated. 

Incorporate Cross-training 

Adding cross-training exercises to your routine can help improve your overall fitness and prevent boredom. Consider incorporating strength training, yoga, or swimming into your virtual fitness challenge to mix things up and keep your workouts engaging. 

Stay Connected with Others

How to stay motivated when completing a virtual fitness challenge
How to stay motivated when completing a virtual fitness challenge

Share Your Journey on Social Media 

Documenting your virtual fitness challenge journey on social media can help you stay motivated and accountable. Sharing your progress, struggles, and successes with others can provide encouragement and you never know, you might just inspire others to join you on your fitness journey, or embark upon their own. 

Focus on the Benefits of Exercise 

Celebrate the Physical Benefits 

Throughout your virtual fitness challenge, take note of the physical benefits you’re experiencing. Whether it’s weight loss, increased strength, or improved endurance, focusing on these positive outcomes can help you stay motivated. 

Acknowledge the Mental Health Benefits 

Exercise has been proven to boost mood, reduce stress, and improve overall mental well-being. By recognizing the mental health benefits you’re experiencing throughout your challenge, you’ll be more likely to stay committed and motivated. 

Emphasize the Long-term Health Benefits 

Regular exercise has numerous long-term health benefits, including reduced risk of chronic diseases and improved overall quality of life. Keeping these long-term benefits in mind can help you stay motivated and focused on your virtual fitness challenge. 

Maintain a Positive Mindset 

Visualize Your Success 

Visualizing yourself successfully finishing your virtual fitness challenge can help you stay motivated and focused. Imagine yourself crossing the finish line, receiving your medal, and celebrating your accomplishment with friends and family. 

Practice Positive Self-talk 

Replace negative thoughts with positive affirmations and self-talk. Remind yourself of your strengths, achievements, and the progress you’ve made. Positive self-talk can help boost your confidence and motivation throughout your challenge. 

Embrace Challenges and Setbacks 

Accept that challenges and setbacks are a natural part of any fitness journey. Instead of dwelling on them, use them as opportunities to learn and grow. This mindset will help you maintain motivation and overcome obstacles throughout your virtual fitness challenge. 

Remember Your “Why”

How to stay motivated when completing a virtual fitness challenge
How to stay motivated when completing a virtual fitness challenge

Reflect on Your Initial Motivation 

Remind yourself of the reasons why you started your virtual fitness challenge in the first place. Whether it’s to improve your health, challenge yourself, or connect with others, keeping your “why” at the forefront can help you stay motivated and committed. 

Consider the Impact on Others 

Your participation in a virtual fitness challenge can inspire and motivate others to embark on their own fitness journeys. Remembering that your actions can have a positive impact on others can help you stay motivated and committed to your challenge. 

Re-evaluate Your Goals and Motivation 

As you progress through your virtual fitness challenge, take the time to reevaluate your goals and motivation. Adjust your goals if necessary and reignite your passion for the challenge by focusing on the benefits and achievements you’ve experienced so far. 

By applying these strategies and tips, you can maintain and improve motivation throughout your virtual fitness challenge. With the right mindset, support, and determination, you can successfully complete your challenge and reap the physical and mental rewards of your hard work. 

You can download the Fitwins Virtual Fitness Challenge app here, and register easily for an account. Explore the app and see if we’re for you. You can register for the current or any future fitness challenges for free, easily. If you want to give yourself the extra motivation by putting a real, heavyweight medal in front of yourself, then simply upgrade at any time. We do offer great bundle discounts, so if like us you find yourself hooked by the challenge, then why not purchase multiple credits and save yourself money at the same time?


Finally, if you want to bring your friends along and start competing with one another as you go, you can easily use your refer-a-friend bonus to get you both half price entry, making the medal only £9 for each of you, which is phenomenal value.   

Fitwins, take you anywhere.   


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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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