30-day challenges are not for me

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There’s no arguing that completing a 30-day challenge takes commitment. I love the idea of setting goals, but I don’t think 30-day challenges are a practical way to do it. For one thing, what’s your desire to do a 30-day challenge? Is it just crossing dates off a calendar? If so you are setting yourself up for an awfully long month.

Do you want to lose weight? Have a flatter stomach? Build a bigger butt?

30-day challenges may promise those results, but they often miss the mark. I saw an ab challenge where the final day was 125 sit ups, 200 crunches, 65 leg raises and a 2-minute plank. The reality is you can’t choose a part of the body to lose weight, no matter how many crunches you do. Not to mention, my lower back feels tense just looking at those numbers. And that’s part of the problem. Each day you’re adding more reps, but the increases are pretty arbitrary because it’s not really based on your own progress.

I do, however, think 30-day challenges can help you set up a new habit. If your goal is to get up from your desk more, then a 30-day stairs challenge—running or walking a few flights each day—might make sense. I think an important distinction here, though, is that you have to be motivated by the action you’ve chosen, not by the challenge itself. The 30-day challenge shouldn’t be the end goal. The challenge is actually building a habit that you are motivated to keep doing next month.

Thanks for reading,
Olivia

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