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5 Reasons to Run a Step Challenge for Your New Year's Resolution

NatalieDec 4, 2020

Looking for a fun way to help you keep your New Year's Resolution to get moving in 2021? Try a step challenge on Stridekick.

Running a step challenge on the Stridekick app is a great way to stay accountable and motivated so that you can reach your 2021 fitness goals. Stridekick allows you to run challenges based on either steps or active minutes for up to 10 participants completely free of charge. With the option to set your own challenge goal, challenge mode, the ability to connect to a variety of supported fitness tracking devices, and more, a step challenge on Stridekick allows anyone to join in on the fun!

If you still need convincing, this guide will walk you through 5 reasons you should run a step challenge to kick off your New Year on the right foot! đź‘ź

1. Step challenges are motivating—and they really work!

Your hopes and dreams for a "New Year, New You" don't always correlate with the motivation to actually work towards the "New You" you're after. But not to worry! A step challenge on Stridekick can be the extra push you need to get moving so that you can reach your fitness goals. And research shows that most participants in a step challenge are not only motivated to increase their daily step average during the challenge, but continue to see higher step counts after their challenge ends. Before you know it, you'll be finding extra time to get your steps in wherever you can to help you reach your goals.

2. Step challenges bring out your competitive side.

Step challenges are a great way to take full advantage of your competitive side to help you achieve your fitness goals. If you're ready to step up to the competition, we recommend creating a Leaderboard challenge in Stridekick with your friends and family! You'll be able to easily track how you stack up against your competitors each day of the challenge, and you'll also be able to share some friendly smack talk in the challenge chat to keep everyone on their toes.

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3. Step challenges help you measure your progress over time.

With a step challenge on Stridekick, the activity data that you sync into the app is automatically tracked over time so that you can easily see how far you've come since your first challenge. Along with the ability to view the progress you've made within a challenge, you'll also be able to see trends and insights over weeks, months, and even years from your Stridekick profile. Learn what day of the week you're most active, view your top 5 personal best days for steps, distance, and active minutes, see lifetime stats since you joined Stridekick, and more!

4. Step challenges are fun!

With a variety of different challenge modes to choose from, a step challenge on Stridekick provides a gamification experience that feels more like fun than exercise. For example, with a Streak challenge, you'll be aiming to meet a daily step or active minutes goal for as many consecutive days as possible without breaking the streak. With a Target challenge, you'll be aiming for long-term progress as you accumulate steps or active minutes over the course of your challenge dates that count towards one final goal. You'll also be able to earn fun badges in your Stridekick profile as you complete various accomplishments in the app to reward you for your hard work and engagement.

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5. Step challenges are for everyone.

Step challenges are a great way to include everyone in on the fun. If your friends and family aren't nearby and you're looking for a virtual solution to staying connected, the Stridekick app is a great way to do just that. You'll be able to view each other's steps at the end of each day and connect in chat over who needs to pick up the pace or slow it down so that everyone else can catch up.

Stridekick is also great option if you have friends who use a different fitness device than you, since you can connect and sync a variety of different fitness trackers to the app, including Apple Watch, Fitbit, Garmin, Misfit, Withings, and more. But don't forget to invite your friends without a fitness tracker as well! Anyone with an iPhone or Android device can participate by using their phone as their fitness tracker. You can see a list of all devices we support here.

Create your New Year's Resolution step challenge on Stridekick today.

Make the most of your New Year's Resolution with a step challenge on the Stridekick platform! We are confident that you will find yourself getting your step goal in while also having fun with your friends and family. Ready to get started? Learn how to set up your first challenge here.

Interested in running a step challenge for a larger group or organization? Check out our MoveSpring platform for your next step challenge.

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