Another day (month, year; take your pick), another fitness challenge.
From squat challenges for that eye-catching donk, to routines for crunches to get one step closer to a flat stomach, it makes complete sense that we would want to kick off a new challenge as we inch closer toward our latest goal. I have definitely taken part in countless challenges that work on whatever part of the body I wanted to improve at the time. But I'm definitely here for the ones that can work out and tone my whole physique.
I did a little research and these challenges keep the whole body in mind, especially the parts that we want to work out the most. Let's get to it!
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I came across this full body workout while browsing Coveteur. While it looks like the goal is to draw people in by reiterating no weights are needed, this is a WORKOUT workout. It lasts for 30 days, so this might be ideal for the ladies who like to start a new challenge at the beginning of the month.
It helps you tone every part of your body while getting in that much-needed cardio, rotating five different moves: Jumping jacks with elbow jabs, knees to standing position, kneeling with a side crunch, elbow and shoulder taps, and curtsy lunges with a twist. This one is also great because it doesn't take long to complete each daily challenge, so it can be done before work, bed, or both! Don't stop, get it, get it.
This one is definitely challenging, but it can be done and literally works every part of the body.
It uses classic and traditional go-to exercise moves like our beloved squats, as well as lunges, planks, burpees (God help us), triceps dips, and more. The kicker about this one is that it's actually 31 days instead of 30, but it does give you one day off each week, to make sure your body is getting its necessary rest. I will say, day 31 is nothing to play with as it mixes almost all of the exercises into one and calls for at least 20 reps of each. Still, if you feel good about it, you can always start over again the next day.
So, if you're like me, the idea of working out every day, even just for 30 days, can be a little daunting; especially if it's not a part of your regular regimen. Considering that, I was pretty geeked to find this 30-day fitness challenge.
It still works the upper, lower, and midsection of the body, but it's definitely not as rigorous as the others on the list. Based on the challenge, you do 100 Push-Ups on Mondays and Thursdays, 100 squats on Tuesdays and Fridays, and 100 Crunches on Wednesdays and Saturdays. As for Sundays, you can repeat one of these challenges or use it as a rest day. It's your prerogative baby girl! Either way, simply do this in rotation for 30 days and you're one step closer to your goal.
This challenge from Fitness magazine is definitely one of my favorites. While it's only 21 days (it only takes 21 to change a habit anyway *insert smiley face emoji*), it includes mental exercises for you to take part in before you get physical. Besides, we all know that reaching our fitness and health goals starts from within.
For the first week, you're asked to spend five minutes writing in a journal of how you feel after each workout. Then do two sets of 8 to 12 reps for each move twice a week, plus 25 to 35 minutes of cardio. The challenge continues with similar mental and physical exercises for the next two weeks. I love that it challenges you to document your thoughts and feelings, which could help you figure out what you love and don't love about working out.
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This workout from POPSUGAR is proof that the real battle in developing a workout routine is to just get started! It's only for two weeks and simply requires you to get moving for a few minutes each day. It also rotates three moves – sumo squats, T push-ups, and V crunches.
This is an amazing workout for true beginners who just want to start something without feeling overwhelmed or like they have to live at the gym. This challenge, as well as the others on this list, can be done from the comfort of your own home. The purpose is to get you comfortable with strength training multiple times a week. Then when you go into something stronger, it doesn't seem as drastic. Feel free to repeat this one to get closer to that 30 days. But I'm still clapping it up for you for just getting started!
Shape's full-body fitness challenge isn't for the faint at heart. Just looking at it has me like, "okay girl!" with the most sarcastic voice and biggest eye roll I can muster. It's only 30 days and I don't mean to be negative, but get ready for the longest month of your life.
Still, you can do it girl! The moves are full of high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which is designed to give you high-packed cardio that helps you burn fat and calories like no other. The moves are a little more complex than others on this list but that's just one reason why they will likely bring about the most drastic results. The key with this one is to keep the momentum after the 30 days are over.
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