So you want to do a 30 day challenge?

I know that EVERYONE is seeing challenges popping up in their social media these days.  There are squat challenges, ab challenges, plank challenges, push up challenges…..the list goes on and on.  Whatever you could think of, someone has made a challenge for it.  Just a few examples in case you don’t partake in the social media world….

                           

The other day someone asked me what I thought of them.  Well….my answer is probably not going to be popular but here goes it….

I find them to be both a hindrance to overall success, but a great jump-starter at the same time.  So why the conflicting answer?

 

The PROS

For someone who has not worked out in say….forever….a challenge is an EXCELLENT way to instill confidence to get started and a great way to begin to build stamina.  Sometimes all we need is that initial jump of faith and for someone to hold us accountable for us to kick it into high gear and get off the couch.   Having a set schedule of what to do on each day allows someone to see their progress and stamina increase from the beginning to the end.  These challenges also force people to at least do some form of physical activity even if it is for a few minutes per day.  Some workout is better than no workout.  I also like that the challenges are body part specific, meaning if I only want to work on my abs then I can do that.   Lastly, they help to develop proper form over time lessening the chance of physical injury later.

The CONS

So this is where I think my opinion (hence the word MY) may not be popular.  While the challenges do wonders to help give a kick-start to a health routine, they can not be the ONLY thing that someone does in terms of physical movement if that person is expecting significant results.  For example, I tried the squat challenge….I found it boring and I simply could not get into the groove of it when I knew my results would be minimal unless I upped the ante on the squats.  There are tons of variations to the traditional squat that the challenge talked nothing about.  Nor did it suggest the benefits of using dumbbells, or proper form and feet placement, or how after so many your body fatigues upping the change of injury.  *sigh*  I am a squat challenge drop out.  The other side of these challenges is that a lot of them target one specific muscle group.  Well darn…what about the rest of them?  So if someone is on a quest for a tight butt, what about the abs?

So what’s the verdict?  Each person has to decide for themselves if they want to do challenges or not.  They can be incorporated into a daily workout routine, but I would advise against them being the only thing you do if you are looking to lose weight and tone up.

What are your thoughts on the challenges?  Have you tried them yourself?

 

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