30-day challenge — abs and pushups. Join us!
Something happened yesterday. In a total spur-of-the-moment idea my husband spawned on me, I committed to taking a 30-day challenge. But it’s not just one 30-day challenge. Oh no, it’s a double-decker, double-whammy, the one-two punch. Push-ups and abs coming comin’ at ya.
I might sound like I was totally jazzed about this opportunity, but my excuses shot off like fireworks:
-Ugh, I don’t want to.
-I’m already running a lot.
-I’m doing weekly workouts with my local November Project (they’re free and rad. Check them out.)
-I don’t really need to do this.
-I need off days too.
-Damn, it starts with 44 push-ups?!
-Can we start on October 1st?
And then personal ass kickin’ mode arose:
-This could be fun!
-You can absolutely do this!
-Why the hell not?
-You’re just being an “excuse girl”.
-Your core could use a little work.
-Actually, yes, it could use a lot of work.
-Tickets to the gun show, anyone?
-Whoo, hoo! Let’s do this.
These 30-day challenges always seem so daunting, don’t they?
Day 1 isn’t so bad, but look ahead and see 100 push-ups or 200 crunches on day 30, and it’s over. What I’ve learned is that you have to take it one day at a time, one set at a time. For most people, 50 push-ups aren’t possible to complete in one round (totally impossible for me), but breaking it up into 5 sets of 10 makes them possible. That’s how I complete them. Or, divide them up, and do half in the morning and half in the evening. Standard push-ups too tough? Opt for a modified push-up with your legs on the ground. Same with the core workout — if full leg lifts are painful, lift them only a little until you get stronger. Modifications are welcome! Whatever you choose, the challenge is yours to complete.
Below are the 30-day challenge plans I’m following. Want to do this together? My daily progress will be posted on the Eat Happy Run Healthy Instagram account. Follow along here. There’s also a slightly more approachable push-up challenge if that’s more your level. Assess YOUR fitness level and pick which one (or two!) are right for you.
QUESTION: So, how about it? Anyone else care to join me on this 30-day challenge? I’m going to need the accountability. You cheer me on, and I’ll cheer you on. Deal? Send a comment in below if you’re in!