Three Easy Workout Challenges to Kickstart the New You

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exercise challengesIt’s a new year, and a lot of us are thinking it might be time to start working on a new body, too. But, like with most resolutions, fitness goals tend to fall by the wayside as the everyday stresses and conflicts of life get in the way. So how do you stay committed to a new exercise regimen? One way is to not bite off too much at once — unrealistic goals can be discouraging when you fail to achieve them. Instead, try starting off with one of these beginning workout challenges. The accomplishment you feel when you complete one will spur you to keep going! Before too long, you’ll have integrated exercise so far into your life that it would take a new resolution to give it up!

 

Challenge 1: 30-Day Plank Challenge

Planks are deceptively simple: You just rest on your toes and forearms while keeping your back straight. Still, anyone who’s tried one will tell you that it’s harder than it looks! This challenge gradually adds seconds to your plank time, and completing it will really boost your core strength.

 

Day 1: 20 seconds

Day 2: 20 seconds

Day 3: 30 seconds

Day 4: 30 seconds

Day 5: 40 seconds

Day 6: Rest

Day 7: 45 seconds

Day 8: 45 seconds

Day 9: 60 seconds

Day 10: 60 seconds

Day 11: 60 seconds

Day 12: 90 seconds

Day 13: Rest

Day 14: 90 seconds

Day 15: 90 seconds

Day 16: 120 seconds

Day 17: 120 seconds

Day 18: 150 seconds

Day 19: Rest

Day 20: 150 seconds

Day 21: 180 seconds

Day 22: 180 seconds

Day 23: 180 seconds

Day 24: 210 seconds

Day 25: 210 seconds

Day 26: Rest

Day 27: 240 seconds

Day 28: 240 seconds

Day 29: 270 seconds

Day 30: 300 seconds

 

Challenge 2: 30-Day Burpees Challenge

This one’s a little more complicated. Burpees follow these steps:

  1. Stand with your legs shoulder-length apart.
  2. Drop into a squat.
  3. Place your hands on the floor and shoot your feet out behind, landing in a pushup pose (keep your back straight!).
  4. Jump back into a squat.
  5. Propel yourself hands-up into the air.
  6. Land back in a squat to repeat.

These can really get your blood pumping! Like the first challenge, this pushes you to do more and more burpees over the course of a month.

 

Day 1: 2 burpees

Day 2: 4 burpees

Day 3: 6 burpees

Day 4: 10 burpees

Day 5: 2 burpees

Day 6: 14 burpees

Day 7: 16 burpees

Day 8: 18 burpees

Day 9: 20 burpees

Day 10: 2 burpees

Day 11: 24 burpees

Day 12: 26 burpees

Day 13: 30 burpees

Day 14: 34 burpees

Day 15: 2 burpees

Day 16: 40 burpees

Day 17: 44 burpees

Day 18: 46 burpees

Day 19: 48 burpees

Day 20: 2 burpees

Day 21: 50 burpees

Day 22: 52 burpees

Day 23: 54 burpees

Day 24: 56 burpees

Day 25: 2 burpees

Day 26: 60 burpees

Day 27: 62 burpees

Day 28: 64 burpees

Day 29: 2 burpees

Day 30: 70 burpees

 

 

Challenge 3: 30-Day Situp Challenge

Looking to start working toward a washboard stomach? Situps are a great way to tone abs, and you can do them pretty much anywhere! Just make sure to keep your chin up and your back straight as you perform each rep.

 

Day 1: 20 situps

Day 2: 25 situps

Day 3: 30 situps

Day 4: 35 situps

Day 5: Rest

Day 6: 40 situps

Day 7: 45 situps

Day 8: 50 situps

Day 9: 55 situps

Day 10: Rest

Day 11: 60 situps

Day 12: 65 situps

Day 13: 70 situps

Day 14: 75 situps

Day 15: Rest

Day 16: 80 situps

Day 17: 85 situps

Day 18: 90 situps

Day 19: 95 situps

Day 20: Rest

Day 21: 100 situps

Day 22: 105 situps

Day 23: 110 situps

Day 24: 115 situps

Day 25: Rest

Day 26: 120 situps

Day 27: 125 situps

Day 28: 130 situps

Day 29: 135 situps

Day 30: 140 situps

 

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Babs is a content writer at Enova International, Inc. with a Bachelors in Cinema Studies and English from the University of Illinois (ILL-INI!). She loves binge watching musicals, reading in the (sporadic) Chicago sunshine and discovering great new places to eat. Accio, tacos! Find about more about her on Google+.

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