The 30 Day Challenge Phenomenon

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably seen more than one 30 day fitness challenge pop up in your newsfeed. And, if you’re like me, the last week seems to have more than the usual volume of 30 day challenges. Among those I’ve seen my friends post are the 30 Day Ab Challenge (this one has gone particularly viral), a 30 Day Lower Body Challenge (from the 30 Day Challenge Series and Eat, Drink, & Be Skinny), and the 30 Day Buns, Guns, and Abs Challenge.

I decided this was the perfect time to sign on for a 30 day challenge since I’m not one-week deep in my Runner’s World RunStreak.  I looked at all 3 of these, and decided the ab challenge was best for me this month. I like the challenges presented by the 30 Day Challenge Series, but they tend to be a little too advanced for me, so I fall off the wagon almost as quickly as I start. I shied away from the Buns, Guns, and Abs because I want to take it easy on my legs for a couple more weeks while I am getting going with my running streak.

I like that the ab challenge is scaled throughout the month.  You start small and add on day by day.  I am making a couple of minor modifications by adding side planks and push-ups. I’m doing the side planks for the same number of seconds indicated for the standard plank and I started today with 10 push-ups on my knees. I’ll work on increasing that at by 1-2 per workout day so that I’m up to 40 push-ups by the end of the month.

I really like the idea of the 30 day challenge, but I think it’s important to remember to work out multiple muscle groups throughout the week.  So, when you choose an ab challenge for the month, don’t forget to give your arms, legs, back, etc., some love, too.  After all, the whole goal of exercise is overall fitness, right?

And, be realistic.  A 30 day ab challenge isn’t going to get you completely ripped. Especially, if you’re a beginner.

This could be the perfect time for you to start a 30 day fitness challenge!


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