Game on: Switch Up Your Summer Fitness With An Endorphin-Boosting Challenge - Men's Health Magazine Australia

Game on: Switch Up Your Summer Fitness With An Endorphin-Boosting Challenge

And make positive change while you’re at it, to support Lifeline.

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Not to freak you out, but we have well and truly hit resolution season. People are making lists (both mental and physical) and setting wellness goals like hitting the gym, upping their step count, or even deleting Twitter once and for all. 

But as you start to think about sticking to your fitness goals in 2022, it’s also important to think about how you’re going to do that in the best way possible. After all, it’s easy enough to say that you want to have a fitter summer, but you’re going to want to actually enjoy having one, too. 

Thankfully, after what we can all agree was a tough year, Lifeline Australia has paired up with rebel Be Active to create The Summer Series – a community challenge fundraising event – to help you do exactly that, while benefitting others, too. 

Encouraging people from all fitness levels to take part in an active challenge, all you have to do to get involved is head over to the Lifeline website, and pick one of the challenges to be a part of and set yourself a fundraising goal. You can enter as a team, or alone, and the game is on. 

No matter what you do, you will be helping to ensure that the next call to Lifeline doesn’t go unanswered. Some examples of the challenges include: 

Step into a healthier new year: A step challenge to connect with friends. 

Not only is counting your steps a great way to improve your wellbeing without even noticing, but taking the time to walk, and breathe, is brilliant for your mental health. So next time you’re at work, the kids’ school, or the gym, why not try skipping that first-row parking spot, and parking your car that little bit further for a few extra minutes of me-time. 

Skip and a Hope: Get your ropes out. 

A widely cited study found that jumping rope is one of the most effective cardio exercises out there— it can help you get fit with just a few minutes a day of skipping and make you feel good while doing it, too! According to the research, jumping rope at a moderate pace roughly equivocates to running an eight-minute-mile. Plus, it engages more muscles than swimming or rowing, while still qualifying as a low-impact workout! 

Squat and save lives: Set a target of daily squats 

So many actions can stem from the movements of a squat, from picking up your toddler to loading boxes into the house after a delivery – so doing them on a regular basis helps build a strong foundation for functional movement while also working your hamstrings, glutes and quadriceps! See, you’re already nailing it! 

Fun, engaging and a way to do good for your body while raising funds for potentially lifesaving services – ensuring that no person in Australia has to face their darkest moments alone – there’s no better way to take on the new year. 

And plus, we all know our motivation skyrockets whenever we’re challenged. Throwback to that time your roommate dared you to eat an entire tub of ice cream in one sitting—and you crushed it. (No? Just me?) 

Well, get ready for a challenge that will make you feel a hell of a lot better than eating that tub of ice cream. 

Find out more and get involved, here.

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