Every year the media like to roll out depressing statistics about our short comings and failures at sticking to our New Year resolutions. But as Decembers' month long buffet and booze-up comes to an end, maybe we could kick-start at least a few months of angelic behaviour. And why not start with our 30 Day Burpee Challenge?
First let’s look at setting our resolutions and how to stay motivated. Tempting as it is to daydream of a ‘life-nailing’ 2018 version of yourself (especially if the current version is slightly tubby and tired), let’s be honest, the ‘You 2.0’ might not magically appear so maybe we need to be realistic...
For example, something that you can record, like inches lost, or a fitness achievement like being able to do 15 Burpees. Plan them out across the calendar – breaking your long term goals into bite-size mini projects.
Our 30 Day Burpee Challenge is a great way to make sure you know what you’re doing every day. Print it out, stick it up.
Whilst you are working through the 30 days FOCUS on the exercise. Often what motivates us is an imagined, slimmer, fitter, happier person. Instead of focusing on what might happen in the future, settle your attention and mind instead on the workout. Focusing fully on each training session will help you to push yourself. Quiet the mind and put your attention into your body, focusing on your movement and form.
Even if you don’t chose to do this 30 day challenge, make sure you are booked into regular classes or have a rigid plan written down or downloaded onto your phone.
I’m a Personal Trainer who loves to exercise but even I can struggle if I’ve started to work out and don’t have a solid plan from the outset. Without focus you can become easily distracted, giving space for ‘I can’t do this’ and ‘I’m knackered’ thoughts which will soon mean you finish your workout before you’ve really pushed yourself.
So, the 30 day challenge: we’ve chosen burpees because they are challenging, you can do them anywhere and they can be progressed and moderated according to your fitness levels.
You have to use your whole body to complete a burpee. They rely on explosive movements and, as you work through the plan, your fitness levels will increase, requiring endurance to complete them all. It’s a wonderful strength/cardio/power sandwich that everyone can benefit from.
If you are a beginner, start without including a push up in your burpee. If towards the end of the challenge you feel able to include a few burpees with a push up it will be a great progression and enhance your upper body strength. There are plenty of videos online showing you good form for a burpee. This Burpee Video is clear and demonstrates the correct form.
So with focus and realistic goals to keep yourself going over the next couple of months, it can be a time to start habits that will stay with you for life.