So a week has passed since the end of the best Olympics in living memory (or at least since the last one!) and all thoughts are turning to legacy. Sports clubs are no doubt being overwhelmed with keen new recruits; the roads are full of runners and cyclists; kids are enthusiastically pretending to be the new Jess Ennis, Bradley Wiggins, Chris Hoy or Usain Bolt in the playgrounds.
The big question is, how to keep new converts enthused, excited and motivated as summer fades and the nights draw in. No previous Olympics has successfully solved the question of how to encourage long term increases in health and fitness in the host population.
Let’s hope this time will be different. Certainly London 2012 seems to have captured people’s interest and enthusiasm like no previous Games, which bodes well. But set against this is the long, deep recession the UK is suffering and a strong legacy of increased sports participation that will be seen in obesity and heart disease statistics in 10 years’ time is far from a foregone conclusion. Some people may rush out to join a sports club, sign up for gym membership or embark on a fitness programme, but a sustainable increase in lifetime fitness will be harder to maintain.
At Konkura we believe friendly competition, tracking your improving fitness over time, varying your workout activities and sharing banter and training tips with fellow fitness enthusiasts are the key to maintaining motivation and increasing participation. Whilst we might daydream of becoming professional athletes and winning Olympic gold, in reality most of us will train alone or in small groups and need more than an idle dream to get us out on the road or into the gym on a dark, wet winter’s evening.
With Konkura’s free sport and fitness challenges you can always find new activities and workouts to do, and friendly people to compete with, share encouragement, training tips or a little fun banter. Once you get into the Konkura state of mind you’ll never be lacking motivation to get out there and get in shape. There’s always new fitness challenges to complete or existing ones to improve your score in. Whether you choose to compete in global challenges against people from around the world, or to create fitness competitions that are just for you and your friends, there’s nothing like the motivation of seeing other people posting new scores to get you into the gym or out on the road.
Add to that the fact your scores in challenges also contribute to your country’s ranking on Konkura, you can get even more motivated by being part of a virtual Team GB (or Team USA, Team Australia, Team Anywhere!) and doing your bit to prove which is the fittest country.
So what are you waiting for? Put your personal fitness first by joining Konkura fitness challenges for free today and start competing right away against fitness enthusiasts all around the world.