If you’re looking for motivation to become more active, then take on a charity challenge! It's a great way to incorporate fitness into your life – and you’ll be supporting a worthwhile cause. It’s a win-win!
By doing one of these weekly or monthly challenges, you’re more likely to make fitness part of your regular daily routine – and reap the benefits of moving more.
With so many charity challenges to choose from, there’s something to get everyone active, giving and connecting more this summer. You can choose from virtual events across the nation or create your own 30-day challenge – getting involved is a great way to include the Five Ways to Wellbeing in your everyday activities.
If you’re looking to pick up a new activity over the summer, then skipping could be the right exercise for you. This challenge is aimed at people of all fitness levels and can be done at your own pace; all you need to do is try to skip every day in June.
Getting involved in this skipping challenge will help you learn new skills and encourage you to stay active over the summer. You can do 15 minutes of intense skipping some days and the rest of the week do 5 minutes – it all depends on you and your fitness level. If you’re new to skipping, you can start out with a minute a day and build your way up to longer throughout the month.
The great thing is, skipping can be done anywhere and it’s completely free to register. Visit the Macmillan website to enter the challenge.
If you enjoy dog walking, then this might the charity challenge for you.
Mind are encouraging dog owners to walk 118km in June with their canine friends to raise money for charity and to get moving for better mental and physical health. It’s a virtual fundraising challenge hosted on Facebook, where you can connect with others taking on the dog walking challenge and raise money for charity. You can continue with the same walking path you normally do or try longer routes, it’s your choice on whether you aim for the 118km target or set your own – whatever distance you do overall will make a difference.
Join Mind’s June dog walk challenge, it’s a great way to connect with others, be active, take notice and give to charity. #
This walking challenge can help you be active, connect and give, which are the Five Ways to Wellbeing. You can take on this virtual challenge in whatever way suits you, whether that’s 3 miles a day or longer walks at the weekend – your ability, your move. You can take it on as an individual or as a team and either walk 100 miles in one week or spread across the month; the choice is yours.
If you want to do more for your health and wellbeing, you can sign up to the Cancer Research UK June walking challenge on their website.
This challenge is encouraging dog lovers to plank throughout July to raise money for Dogs Trust. Whether you’re a plank newbie or a pro, everyone can get involved and there’s even plans to help cater for different abilities. You’ll be challenged on how long you can hold your plank for and how many you can do – a good way to strengthen your muscles and improve your posture.
You can sign up for the challenge and download the plank plans on the Dogs Trust website.
Between July 1st and September 30th, the Diabetes UK challenge encourages people to do one million steps for better health. To meet the aim of 10,000 steps a day, you could go for a walk with friends on the weekends, take the stairs more and walk to places instead of using transport. This challenge is for everybody – whether you want to help raise money for charity or get more active, every step counts towards a healthier and happier you.
To do more steps for your health and wellbeing, you can join in with Diabetes UK summer challenge on their website.
If you want to set good habits that you’re more likely stick too, then a 30-day challenge might be the one for you. It can help you build muscle strength, decrease stress, and reduce the risk for many health diseases. Whether it’s squats, yoga, plank, and push-ups – the aim is to increase the number and types of stretches you can do over 30 days and be able to hold the position for longer.
The challenge you choose depends on what you want to improve on and your ability, it’s also a great way to help you stay mentally motivated while maintaining a healthy weight. PureGym have a 30-day fitness and workout challenge guide to help you gain all the health benefits out of creating your own.
If you want to help out a local charity and get involved in a one-day challenge in your community, there are some Dorset-based events happening over summer. These one-day challenges have a variety of perks, as well as being a great way to do more for your health and wellbeing. Taking part and connecting with others during the event can help you stay motivated throughout the challenge.
On Saturday 19th of June there’s the Dorset 3 peaks challenge with Diverse Abilities, and the goal is to trek to the top of Dorset's 3 biggest hills in a single day. It’s a completely unique event where you’ll trek to the top of Lewesdon Hill, Pilsdon Pen and Bulbarrow Hill.
Julia's House charity challenge taking place on the 26th June is a 13–26-mile trek along the Jurassic Coast. It’s your choice on whether you hike the full marathon or just do half – either way, you’ll experience some amazing scenery along the coastal path.