I was recently posed the question, “should I do a 30-day challenge?”
My answer: YES!
As this blog has shown, I am a huge supporter of 30-day fitness challenges. Over the years, I have offered a plethora of challenges: abs, plank, squats, etc. And, of course, the push-up challenge (which I am still participating in).
Here’s why I like 30 day challenges.
- First of all, it takes about 30 days to build a habit. You may not be able to transform your body or reach your fitness goals in one month, but you can certainly create a fitness routine in 30 days that will put you well on your way to those goals. The challenges can be a great way for someone new to exercising to start out, or it can be a great complement to your already existing fitness regime. All one simply has to do is commit to 30 days (that includes rest days) of the challenge and put the time in to complete the daily task. Sometimes, it is mere minutes of one’s day.
- Another reason I like a fitness challenge, because they can only take those mere minutes of your day. For many beginners, the idea of putting in hours in the gym or for a workout can be exhausting to just think of. So, the idea of completing these daily exercises in just a short period of time is certainly more welcoming. Getting the task over with and moving on with your day can be exciting and rewarding in itself.
- The challenges provide structure and guidance and progression. You don’t have to put the time and effort into your exercising. The challenges tell you what to what to do, how to do it, and when to amp it up. There is no guess work in your workout.
- Committing to, and completing the challenge is a often its own reward. First, committing to something and sticking with it can be a big deal. I am one of those people who, when I commit to something, I make darn sure I am committed. No if, ands, or buts. But that is not always the case for many people. For those people, making that commitment and sticking with it, can also mean a huge personal growth. Reaching the 30 day mark can mean big gold star for some and the amount of pride that comes with completing that last day/full challenge can be enough to push one to starting a full-time fitness schedule.