30 Day Challenges

13 days into the new year and people are still complaining about over crowded gyms, some are already falling off bandwagon resolutions, and some are starting 30 day challenges. As we are about to start a 30 Day Paleo Nutrition Challenge at my box, I decided now would be the best time to discuss these phenomenon.

If you’ve been living under a rock for like, forever, and have never heard of a 30 day challenge, let me break it down for you. Basically, you gather up some friends and challenge each other to do something for the next 30 days. If you’ve been on Facebook at all in the last 6 months, you might have noticed an over abundance of 30 day plank challenges, ab challenges, no alcohol consumption challenges – whatever, there’s a lot of them.

What I like about challenges:

  • Accountability. You and your pals will be on each other like white on rice. “Did you plank today?” “Did you eat clean today?” “Did you poop today?” You will have someone questioning your every move and you can question them. Usually it only happens for about the first week and then everyone forgets, but sometimes you have that one asshole who can complete this challenge in their sleep and will constantly be reminding you about it.
  • Builds a routine. As much as you might not like being reminded every day about the challenge by said above asshole, you will begin to build your challenge into a routine – usually for fear of nagging by said asshole. But sometimes, sometimes you begin to incorporate that habit because you like it or you actually think it’s worthy of becoming a part of your lifestyle.
  • Step outside your comfort zone. Most of the time, the challenge will be something you might do occasionally, sporadically, if you’re in the mood, whatever. But it’s something you want to get better at – like push-ups. Occasionally it will be something you’ve never desired to do, but one of your pals decided it was time to change. And you agree to do it…because you’re nice and enjoy pain.

What I’m not fond of about challenges:

  • They’re only 30 days. What I mean by this is that they’re like a one night stand that decided to crash and you enjoy it so you said ok. But at the end of those 30 days, you’ve grown tired of it, there’s a good game ass slap and you’re done. You’ve checked the challenge box and it’s on to the next one….or back on to the couch.
  • Stacking. I’ve had some friends acquaintances on Facebook post about the 4+ different challenges they were doing in the same 30 days. Now how in the hell are you supposed to build a lifestyle change when you’re so busy with this, that and the other challenge you can’t remember your name? If you’re going to do a challenge, keep it at 1-2 and make it one fitness and one nutrition. Being frustrated over a 30 day challenge isn’t worth it.
  • Liars. We all have that “I totally held the perfect plank for 3 minutes” friend. Bitch, please, the only thing you held for 3 minutes was your iPhone while you were playing Candy Crush. Don’t be that friend. Be honest with the group. The challenge is supposed to help you, not make you a lying asshole.

This concludes my rant about 30 Day Challenges. All in all, I think they’re pretty fun – especially if there’s money on the line, that’s just me though. When used appropriately, they can really jumpstart a new lifestyle change. Just don’t go crazy obsessed with them and people will still like you.

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