The 30-Day Challenge
As an Aries, I've always been driven and goal-oriented, sometimes to my detriment. I’ll get laser focused on something, but then the multi-tasker takes on more and more until I’m overwhelmed. This is one reason why I’ve always shuttered at New Year’s resolutions. I love the idea of resolutions, but it’s daunting to make promises to yourself that you are accountable for through an ENTIRE YEAR. Sure, some resolutions are not quantifiable and/or results driven, (“I will be more patient,” “I will take time to stop and smell the roses,”) but, as a lover of challenge and a limits-tester, I enjoy the idea of putting my mind to something that will make me feel physically better, stronger, happier. So, this year, rather than resolving to, “Drink less wine,” “Dine out less frequently,” or “Hit the gym more,” I decided to try something with a shorter timeline…the 30-Day Push-Up Challenge.
While trolling through Facebook, I noticed one of my friends posted that she was doing the 30-Day Push-Up Challenge. The lowdown: Do 100 push-ups a day for 30-days straight. My first reaction was, “This woman is nuts!” But I admired her dedication, so I *liked* her post, and shared the link with my virtual friend-base. I was SO surprised at the overwhelming and immediate response from people saying they were "IN". What had I gotten myself in to???!!! What started off as an innocent *like* turned into a slew of daily posts from friends (and friends of friends of friends) heckling and encouraging each other through the process. One incredibly organized person even created a Google doc with everyone's name and a field to record our daily push-up count. By day 7, many of us were super sore and ready to throw in the towel, but then came the huge outpouring of motivation from others, encouraging that we stay the course.
We shared tips on our different "strategies" for getting 100 push-ups done a day…some did sets of 25 broken up with some stomach crunches, some did 10 sets of 10 with brief rests in between, and one beast banged out all 100 in one shot (yes, SHE did...and no, it wasn't me!). I know you might be thinking, “This is NOT for me. I can barely do 10 push-ups, let alone 100!” That’s where you are mistaken. The 30-Day Push-up Challenge is for everybody because you can get them done any way you want, and on your own timeline. Begin with sets of 5. Start on your knees. Sneak a few in while you are getting ready for work, a few more on your lunch break, and finish up after you put the kids to bed. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
As I write this, we are about halfway through the challenge. Some days are harder than others, and there have definitely been days when I’m just not in the mood, but today marks the 1,400 push-up mark, and I’ve done every single one. Sure, I could easily fudge my numbers, and add a few extra to the Google doc. The contest is totally on the honor system; but just knowing I have that group to support and motivate me, and that they are going through the same challenge that I am, has helped power me through.
For me, the 30-Day Push-Up Challenge is not only about doing 3,000 push-ups in a month, but rather, a reminder that we are never alone in our healthy endeavors. There’s a whole world out there in cyberspace filled with like-minded people looking to connect.
Are you ready for the challenge? Here's what you need to get started:
- Read through proper form and injury prevention tips.
- Pick your start date and write it in your calendar. You don’t have to wait until the first of the month. Get going today!
- Download your tracker. Print it out and post it on your fridge or in your cubical.
- Get social to get motivated. Forward the challenge to friends, and share your progress on Facebook and Twitter.
Please share your progress with me, and reach out if you need a boost!
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AUTHOR: Dina Ivas
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