When you achieve a fitness goal, its’s only natural to want some (non-food) rewards for hitting your milestones. It’s easy to tend towards an edible or drinkable reward, but sometimes, it’s better to save the food and drink for fueling and enjoyment, and treat yourself to some other types of prizes for your efforts.
Here are the little pick-me-ups I like to use as rewards for staying on track.
If the shoes fits…
Treating yourself to a new pair of shoes is always a great reward. Shoes can be expensive, but they are also a necessity of your sport or activity of choice. Using shoes as a special incentive for hitting a fitness milestone can be incredible motivation. Use the opportunity to get a fitting at your local running store, as well. It never hurts to ensure that you are still in the best shoes for your needs.
Book a sports massage
While massages are never my reward of choice, our muscles deserve some TLC. In Florida, LMTs are open for business, so if you feel comfortable, this is definitely a great way to thank your muscles for working so hard towards your goals.
Get a pedicure.
Again, nail salons are open in my part of Florida, and a pedicure is truly a great way to treat your feet to a little love. Whether you run, cycle, or lift, your feet really do take the brunt of your efforts. Some soaking, hot rocks, and gently massage will certainly help keep them in good shape, and pain-free so you can go after your next milestone!
Update your wardrobe
When you’re feeling really proud of yourself for your successes, update your wardrobe with a great new outfit. When you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good, you can do anything. Besides, we could all use some fresh gear – athletic wear has a shelf life, and can use refreshing from time to time.
Show off your skills
You’ve done the work, now show us what you’ve go! Once you’ve hit a goal, go ahead and register for the competition of your choice. Maybe it’s a half marathon or a triathlon. Perhaps you are more into an OCR or cross-fit challenge. Whatever it is, sign yourself up and get out there. It’s your time to shine!
What are your favorite (non-food) rewards for a job well done?
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