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Challenge Your Limits

Challenge Your Limits

Written by Jane Kilkenny

Summer in Australia brings a host of opportunities to get outdoors and challenge yourself. The warmer months bring the holidays, celebrations, time with family and friends and a big smile to the faces of most Australians.

Winter wasn’t all bad, with a highlight being the opportunity to watch our Olympians and Paralympians achieve outstanding success. They inspired us with their amazing skill, talent, commitment and perseverance. These athletes understand the true benefits of being fit and healthy, as they strive to achieve their best. If we need another dose of inspiration, we can watch our winter champions compete against the world’s best in February and March 2022. What a festival of positivity!

In 2021, we have endured much uncertainty, but now is the time for change and enthusiasm. Time to take back control of our health, both physically and mentally, and focus on the future. Uncertainty breeds fear and anxiety and there has definitely been plenty of that going around. But remember this, our thought processes and decision making, plays a big part in our emotional state that we can control.

“Set yourself some new challenges

to focus on how you can live your best life.”

We can’t change what has occurred in the last two years, and there is no point dwelling on the hardships. What we do need to do is learn from our experiences and set ourselves some new challenges to focus on how we can live our best lives. The time to start is now.

Take a really honest look at your health and habits, I’m sure there is room for improvement. Make one positive change every day and pretty soon you will see some amazing results. When you commit to change, everything is possible. Staying in your comfort zone is OK, but life opportunities are out on the edge of that space, so you need to be brave to grow. Some people are happy living their whole lives in their comfort zone, but that is more of an existence than a life. Be brave, take chances and challenge yourself and you will be rewarded for your efforts.

“Find something you have always wanted to try & just go for it!”

Find opportunities to try something different. It’s often hard to stay motivated when we do the same thing day in and day out. The solution – find something you have always wanted to try and just go for it! Physical challenges have amazing rewards, not just for your physical health, but for your mental health as well. When you set your sights on a goal, then work hard, your achievement is truly exhilarating. You find your inner superhero!

When it comes to fitness goals and challenges there are a few key tips to ensure success: 

  • Dream big! There is nothing to stop you if you are brave.

  • Plan well. Get professional advice and follow the process.

  • Recruit a friend. This will increase accountability and make it more fun.

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Look to your right…

When you choose your challenge there are endless possibilities. There may also be some roadblocks but focus on the solutions. Just remember, even many of our elite athletes doubted their abilities at some point. Get a team around you that will support your dreams and help you chase those goals. When it comes to fitness challenges, there is always someone out there who will support you with the right professional advice. You just need to find them.

Convince a friend, partner or family member to share your challenge. When it comes to training for big goals, it’s always easier to motivate yourself when you are accountable to someone else. It’s about commitment, but the other major benefit is fun. If you have given yourself a big challenge to achieve, and let’s be honest, they’re the most rewarding, you will find yourself in some tough spots during your preparation. From my experience there is less risk, some healthy competition and many more laughs when you go through this experience with a friend. Go and have fun!

Author of this article:

Jane Kilkenny accredited physical coach, has over 25 years’ experience in health and fitness. She specialises in exercise for kids and teenagers having trained at the Children’s Hospital Institute of Sports Medicine (CHISM) Westmead NSW in 2004. She is also a High-Performance specialist and a Level 4 IAAF athletics coach. Jane can be contacted via her website.

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