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Stay Motivated: Challenge a Friend to 100 Miles

Since we all could use a little motivation to get us to exercise especially in Winter, why not bring a little friendly competition into the mix? Challenge a fitness buddy to do 100 miles of exercise in eight weeks. That works out to be 12.5 miles per week, which is totally doable if you exercise 4–5 times a week, and put in three miles each time.

Work out together or apart, just get those miles logged! Don't have to limit the competition to just running. Walking, cycling, swimming, or using exercise machines like the Elliptical or rowing machine count, too. You can keep track of your miles per day and agree on a date to reach the 100 mile goal. Also decide on a way to celebrate. Maybe you treat each other to a massage or manicure — something that motivates you to keep racking up those miles.

Fit's Tips: If you have an iPod nano and the Nike+ Sports Kit, you can go on Nikeplus.com and challenge a friend for 100 miles. After every workout you complete, just plug the nano into your computer and your data gets uploaded and stored on the website. You can check each other's progress and even send each other messages. When you reach your goal, you even get a little award that goes in your "trophy case."

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freegracefrom freegracefrom 8 years
Some coworkers of mine had a really cute idea. They are counting up the miles they walk on the treadmill. Then they keep track of where they would be if they were walking cross-country a la "Fat March"! They started off in Florida and now they're up around Washington (state). Pretty cool.
jetaime86 jetaime86 8 years
well i do run 30 miles a week. a lil obsessed with running here ... =)
nancita nancita 8 years
That is a great idea
nancita nancita 8 years
That is a great idea
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great idea!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great idea!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
That sounds sweet! I think I need a fitness buddy soon, I like going to the gym and everything but have someone with me workign out would be so much nicer :)
bellechic bellechic 8 years
in cross country we used to this, its amazing how easy it to get those miles in when your competing against someone.
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