8 Beginner-Friendly Fitness Challenges To Try This Year

Run a 5K? You’ve got to be joking. Swim 10K? Hell no. Sound familiar? Back in 2015, I had never run for more than 30 minutes. When a friend challenged me to complete a half marathon with her, I thought she was crazy. Six months later, I successfully dragged myself over the 13.1 mile finish line.

Moral of the story? Fitness challenges are a great way to kick-start your new active lifestyle. Don’t panic, signing up for a half marathon is not compulsory. Make your fitness challenge realistic and achievable. Set yourself a goal and strive to reach your own personal best. From weekly Parkruns to 30-day yoga challenges, this list is bound to inspire you.

The Great British Dog Walk

If you hate running but love walking, make a date in your diary to join the Great British Dog Walk in the summer. Thousands gather to walk their dogs through some truly stunning countryside to raise money for charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Routes range from 3K to 8K and every four-legged friend will get their own little doggy bandana to wear.

Yoga with Adriene

With over four million subscribers on YouTube, Yoga with Adriene has inspired many to get off the sofa and increase their flexibility through free online yoga videos. Designed for total beginners, her 30-day challenges involve one video per day. Don’t sweat, it’s not all about twisting into pretzel poses. You’ll gradually build core strength, muscle definition and maybe even touch your toes by the end of it. As Adriene says, ‘find what feels good’. Namaste!

Pretty Muddy 5K

Mud races may sound like torture, but not all of them involve wading through 10 miles of sludge and crawling under electric fences. Cancer Research’s Pretty Muddy is a fun and manageable 5K mudstacle race that is perfect for fitness newbies. You don’t even have to run. Gather your best mates to scramble, crawl and walk your way round the action-packed obstacle course.

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