Since the beginning of the year, I have been doing monthly exercise challenges. Over the years I have found that wanting to exercise or start working out again wasn’t enough to actually follow through on any long term exercising. When I say to myself, ‘I’m going to get shape,’ running is usually my exercise of choice. I run for a couple of days, maybe a couple of weeks, and then I get burned out. And then the cycle continues.
This year I decided that I was going to choose a different 30 day exercise challenge each month to help keep me motivated. The challenges usually start out pretty easy at the beginning and then gradually get harder and harder. It’s not the most intense workout or anything, but it’s better than no exercise at all.
I think the simply fact that it’s called a ‘challenge’ is motivating for me. As a kid, my mother was always telling me and my brothers that she loved a challenge. I am the same way! It’s a challenge, and I will be successful. It also helps knowing that it is only for 30 days. There is a concrete end to the challenge and I can count down the days. I actually use a notebook to document the days I complete the challenge. Having a visual aid is very motivating for me to keep working hard. I don’t like having a missing day on my page, so it pushes me to get my workout done.
A couple of weeks ago, my sister-is-law happened to send me a How to Get into the Splits in 30 Day Challenge, and I’ve decided I’m going to try it! I have always wanted to do the splits, but I’m not very flexible (as you can clearly see below). In fact, I’ve never been very flexible. This is going to be super hard! But I’m going to try it.
If I manage to master the splits in 30 days, you better believe I will be posting proof. I will be posting proof all over the place! If I’m not successful in 30 days, I will probably repeat the challenge until I’m successful. And then I’ll post proof! Wish me luck!