Finding time and motivation is a big barrier to fitness for many people. It often seems like results are slow to show, despite the time and effort put in. This is why workout challenges are a good way to make a start or to boost your fitness program. A typical fitness challenge is for a set time (usually 30 days) and gets a bit harder every day.
Benefits of workout challenges
- They are usually a short workout, so finding the time to fit them in is easy.
- There is often a specific goal to work towards (eg 200 squats) and each day’s progress towards this goal is clear.
- They can help to establish a regular habit of making time to exercise.
- Focusing on a particular aspect of fitness makes it easier to see improvement than it is with an all-round workout program. This increases motivation.
- Finishing the challenge gives a sense of achievement.
- Doing a challenge for 30 days and then moving on to something else helps to avoid boredom with exercise.
- For regular exercisers, doing a workout challenge can give your fitness efforts a boost
Drawbacks of workout challenges
Like most things, workout challenges have their drawbacks as well as their advantages. Focusing on one particular aspect of fitness can be good for motivation, but has the obvious disadvantage that it is very limited in terms of all-round health and fitness. Another disadvantage is that the workout usually becomes a bit longer each day as the challenge progresses.
So, in summary, workout challenges aren’t the answer to all your fitness needs, but are a good way to make a start or add variety.
Workout challenges for you to try
This challenge is a bit different in that it doesn’t have a specific goal, other than to do 2 hamstring stretches each day. There are 8 variations of hamstring stretches in this challenge, with a different combination of 2 stretches each day.
The 3 exercises in this challenge work the muscles that align the pelvis and pull the abdominal area in flat. Benefits of doing the challenge are a stronger core, better posture and improved spine flexibility.
Kettlebells are really versatile and a great way of getting a full body workout. This challenge uses the kettlebell swing, which combines a squat with a forward arm raise to work the legs, upper body and core all in one movement.