If you are a newbie to the world of fitness, then you have to keep a few things in mind. Some of the most important ‘principles’ are:
- Take it slow and steady.
- Set realistic goals.
- Focus on holistic health and
- Set some challenges for yourself.
In fact, you need to be challenged constantly so you will push yourself and achieve the best possible results. No wonder then that 30-day challenges are everywhere.
These short-term challenges focus on a framework and a certain set of exercises to be done every day. So, let’s take a look at the exciting 30 day squat challenge created by fitnessgoals.com.
Day 1 sees you doing 10 squats and Day 30 sees you doing 100. Your progress from 10 to 100 is steady and strong. Every 5th day is a day of rest.
- Days 1, 2, 3 and 4 ask you to do 10, 15, 15 and 20 squats respectively.
- Days 6, 7, 8 & 9 are for 25, 30, 30 and 35 squats respectively.
- Days 11, 12, 13 & 14 need 40, 45, 45, and 50 squats respectively.
- Days 16, 17, 18 & 19 you achieve 55, 60, 60 and 65 squats each day.
- On days 21, 22, 23, and 24 you do 70, 75, 75 and 80 squats respectively.
- Days 26 and 27 are for 85 and 35 squats and
- Day 28 is for well-earned rest
- The last 2 days – 29th and 30th are for 95 and 100 respectively.
Advantages of this challenge
Squats are great at multiple levels. You can work out your butt, legs, balance and increase joint mobility and muscle strength too. You can also do this challenge virtually anywhere.
With a steady increase in the number of squats, you get to enjoy all the benefits and get to the magic number ‘100’ not only in record time but also without giving up. And you can always make this even more fun by enlisting your friends and family members into this program too.
How to do a Perfect Squat:
Doing the squats
Yes, there is a technique to doing squats correctly. Yes, you have to follow this technique carefully because otherwise you risk injury.
Some fundamentals are:
- When you bend into the squat position, your knees should be in line with your toes. They should not exceed the line of your toes.
- Keep your feet shoulder-width apart.
- The goal is to reach 90 degrees when you reach the bottom of the squat but here again, get to this position gradually.
- Do the squats slowly and steadily and not push your body beyond its limits.
Think of it as sitting down in a straight backed chair.
You can also make this 30-day challenge even more interesting by using weights. And of course, your favorite music.
30 days – written in stone?
Ideally, yes. You should stick to the schedule of 30 days. But if you do miss a day or 2 somewhere then simply extend the challenge by 2 more days. Continue where you left off rather than adding a larger number of squats to one day.
But, if you have missed more than one day consecutively, it is best to re-start the program. This is not a failure. In fact, the chances are pretty high that the second time around you will be even more determined to complete the challenge without missing a day.
Finally, focus on 2 facts – First, it is just 30 days. Days, not months! Second, you will find yourself doing squats more and more easily as the days tick by. You start with a small number and then get better from there.
And of course, the benefits are palpable at the end of it all.