Ok my beautiful beastlings, if you’re already having trouble sticking to your resolutions for 2015 (yup, I hear ya), here’s your shot to give it another try. And do you know what the best part is? It’s only for one month! Did you hear that? Thirty days! You can endure ANYTHING for a measly thirty days! Whether you are wanting to focus on a specific part of that fabulous bod of yours, get into a regular habit of running or start transforming your entire physique, then boy do I have the challenge for you.
I am presenting this fitness challenge to you because I’m planning on starting a couple of them myself. And when you have somebody else doing it along with you, aka a workout buddy, it holds you accountable and your chances of following through go way up. A Stanford study found that “simply receiving a check-in phone call that asked about your progress every two weeks increased the amount of exercise participants did by 78%.”
One of my goals for 2015 was to start focusing more on my arms and abs. Since I’d be traveling back home from the holidays, I decided I would start working through my resolutions on Monday, January 5th; a nice, fresh start date if you ask me.
Monday rolled around and I thought to myself, “I only have to do arms and abs a few times a week, not EVERYDAY. I can start tomorrow and still get all my planned workouts in.” Um, do you think this broad started on Tuesday? Absolutely not. I went to the gym everyday, but I only did cardio (I really love cardio for some reason…I know, I’m weird), and that doesn’t count when it comes to my resolution.
I researched and tried many challenges and narrowed it down to the seven below. Each one focuses on a different area. I chose these in particular because I feel they cater to multiple levels of fitness, but at the same time, they’re going to get the job done!
So starting Monday, January 12th, I encourage you to join me in our 30 Day Fitness Challenge! I will be doing the Fabulous Abs in 30 Days Challenge along with the 30 Day Upper Body Challenge. I would LOVE it if you commented or sent me a message letting me know which one you’re going to do. Of course I’m going to check in from time to time and see how your process is coming along!
I really like this challenge because you are targeting your biceps, triceps, chest, back AND shoulders all in thirty days! Get outta town! On top of that, the moves are straightforward and to the point. If you’re unclear on how to execute any of the exercises listed, she has a video showing you the moves. In the video, she uses resistance bands, but you can also use light weights.
Get those gams in gear by shaping and strengthening. Each day you will be adding repetitions on to each of the four exercises, so by the end, you will literally be pumping out hundreds of lunges and squats! You’re going to love how strong your legs feel by the end of the month. Aw heck yeah!
What I like about this challenge is that you only have to worry about it three days out of the week, which is perfect for people on constantly on the go. You perform six exercises for only 20 seconds at a time, but you do the circuit four times through. You get a 10 second break in between each exercise, but by the fourth set, those breaks feel like nanoseconds.
This is a great one because everyday you are targeting a different muscle group or what they call a “mini challenge.” It keeps your muscles guessing by switching up the exercises. Also, by changing up which part of the body you’re working, it keeps you from going to Boringville.
Om your way to more strength, flexibility and mental clarity! I love how easily you can access the instructional videos from the website. Instructor Erin Motz covers how to do a crow pose, the splits, headstands, dancer’s pose and much more!
The routine you do is short, sweet and switches up quite a bit so it doesn’t get stale. You only have to do 2 exercises a day! Wha whaaaaat?!? If it’s pretty simple for you in the beginning, they encourage you to repeat the routine several times in the day. However, because you are increasing the amount of reps you do throughout the month, there will come a point when completing more than one set will become difficult.
I dig this challenge because it not only gives you a routine over the next 30 days, but the website itself also shares tips to prepare you for your first day out in the running world. If you feel this one might be a bit too much for you, there’s a Running Program for Absolute Beginners that you can also challenge yourself with!
Let’s DO this!!!
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