We get it, training for any type of walk or running event isn’t always the ‘fun’ part of a fun-run, but training with a team is one sure fire way to ensure you have others with you to motivate you along the way!
Whether your team is planning to run, jog or walk this year’s Bridge to Brisbane, we know finding ways to make your training more enjoyable can be half the battle! So, if you’re looking to put a spring in your step when it comes to Race Day prep, here are our top tips on how to motivate your team to Finish Line success – whether that be crossing it as a team with smiles on your faces, or beating a team PB.
Commit to a schedule
As the temperature drops, so too can your motivation to get out and pound the pavement, especially if it means doing it alone, when it’s dark… did someone say pyjamas are the new activewear?!
Committing to meeting up as a team will increase on your motivation and encourage you to stay on track with training ahead of The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane. Even if it is only once a week, sticking to a plan of how you’ll tackle training as a team is guaranteed to increase accountability, and avoid hitting ‘snooze’ on those 5am alarms.
Be clear on the team’s goals
While your team may have set a big goal, like completing Bridge to Brisbane with a team PB, another great way keep the motivation levels high is to set smaller, weekly training goals – together!
If you are all striving towards smaller goals each week that relate to your training schedule, your team will be more inspired to stick to it. These goals could be as simple as one of the following:
- Improvements to the time it takes your team to run,
- Jog or walk 5kms, training a minimum of three times a week,
- Drinking 2L of water each day.
Mix up the routine
Is finding your team’s motivation to go for yet another run starting to dim? Group fitness classes are a great way to mix up your team’s training regime while keeping on track with your fitness goals. From sweating it out to upbeat music in a cardio workout, to working your core and stretching it out in a yoga class, there are a huge range of group fitness options to suit your fitness levels and interests.
Our friends at Anytime Fitness can provide your team some local recommendations for training groups in your area. If you’re a member, give your club a call and they can point you in the right direction.
Keep it social
Who said training has to be all work and no play?! Working out with your team also offers the perfect opportunity to catch up and socialise. Whether you go for a walk, run or jog together, or up your heart rate in a group fitness class, training with friends will not only help push you to give your absolute best, but it is also far more fun.
BONUS: You may even like to reward yourselves with a post-workout coffee or juice date – you earned it!
Sometimes the biggest hurdle when it comes to exercise is the mental battle – whether it be you questioning your own ability, not having enough drive to get started, or even just a lack of self-belief.
To ensure no member of your team falls into this rut, create a group chat where you can check in, share motivational messages of encouragement and keep the positive vibes flowing! Up the ante with a new Monday Mantra each week that is sure to set your team up for a week of kicking goals.
Lastly, the all-important motivator – officially signing up to this year’s The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane! Whether you run the whole way, or take walking breaks in between sprints, 25 August is the chance to join the ultimate Race Day, all while touring some of Brisbane’s most iconic landmarks in a fun, active day out.
If you have any other tips on how you motivate your team, let us know in the comments below!