we did it! Finally finished the squat challenge. I got through 300 squats on the last day. I admit it got bumpy around the 23-27 days. I didn’t entirely hit goal. But I can look back on how I followed through and hit goal on most days. Now that I know I can complete one challenge, I’ll feel more confident when I take on the next one.
1. Best to get the sets done in the morning. Sometimes it would take me all day to do them. But I feel better at getting it done than not at all.
2. Push for higher number per set and do fewer sets. This pushes my endurance. i don’t like this part but I know it’s more efficient and the only way to properly stress the muscle and heart rate.
3. Add weights and vary form. It adds to the challenge and builds strength. I used just 5lb weights for each hand. 20 squats with an additional ten pounds feels different.
4. Use music. Repetitive motions are easier when there’s a good song to see me through it.
What challenge have you done that you really enjoyed?
My first attempt at the 30-day squat challenge didn’t make it past day 15. But I’m trying it again!
I’m on day 17 and have stayed on task the entire time. What’s the difference? Friends!
A dear friend of mine lives two hours away. I get to see her about twice a year. She recently suggested that we do the squat challenge together.
Every day, i text her my progress. She’ll chime in with hers. The bonus is that I get to text my friend every day and we’re doing something that’s good for us.
The accountability makes a big difference and knowing that she’s in this challenge with me is encouraging.
Aiming to do the full 30-day challenge.
I learned that if something doesn’t work the first time, it just means we can try it again by being better prepared.
The most important thing for me in this challenge is to finish the given set for each day. I try not to put too much pressure on myself and I do short sets throughout the days. I use the squat sets as breaks from the computer and in between tasks around the house.
The best is when I get them all done before I have to go to work. That way, I don’t feel like I have another task hovering over my head all day. But some days, I have to manage the sets throughout the day. I learned how to be more accepting of myself and just getting it done.
Is there a challenge you would try again?