Getting started 3 top tips to get ready for a charity challenge


Taking on a charity challenge for the NSPCC is a fantastic experience.

There's nothing quite like being out in the fresh air, exploring new parts of the world and getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

There will be tough moments, when you have to dig deep and keep moving forward. But when you reach the end, you'll know that you've achieved something special, both for yourself and for children across the UK.

We've teamed up with Full Potential, professional athletic coaches, to help every member of #TeamNSPCC.

Our top training tips will get you to the start line, happy and healthy, ready to take on any challenge.

1. Get the balance right

When you've got a big physical challenge on the horizon, there can be a temptation to throw yourself head-first into your preparation.

Our advice is always to start slowly. You need to find a balance between training and the rest of your life. Preparation requires discipline but you should structure around your life, not vice versa.

Don't train hard every day, as you'll soon get tired and bored. You don't want your preparation to feel like a slog.

2. Mix it up

Stimulating your mind and body is vital to preparing for any sort of challenge. If you know that you're facing a big test of endurance, then you've got a wealth of options to boost your fitness.

Walking, jogging, cycling or swimming are all great at building up your levels of stamina for the task ahead.

Try different things. Keep yourself busy doing all types of exercise. Mixing up your training will make your journey all the more enjoyable.

3. See the big picture

Taking on a challenge is tougher than you think. Even if you're a fitness fanatic, you'll likely be using muscles that you haven't used before. You might ache in unusual places and there will be a few ups and downs along the way.

Some days you'll really look forward to training. Other days you'll wonder whether it's worth it and if you're actually making any progress.

See your preparation as a big picture. Each week you paint a little bit more to make it more complete.