“You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.” – Arthur Ashe, Jr. (1943 – 1993), three-time Grand Slam winner
Many of us have a lot of excuses for not working out or exercising like “I’m too busy,” “I don’t have the time,” “Gym memberships are too expensive,” or “It’s too hard I can’t do it.”
Most of these excuses may have some truth to them, but more often than not, the main problem really is the lack of motivation and commitment.
When you really think about it, there is no rock solid excuse why you can’t spare half an hour (or even less!) to work out. If your problem is time, there are a lot of one or two-minute workouts that you can do. If your problem is money, you can skip the gym, search for free workout videos on YouTube, and exercise at home. If your problem is that you think working out is too hard, there are literally tons of simple exercises that you can use.
Sometimes we just need a challenge to push us. We humans have that innate need to prove something to ourselves and see the results of our efforts. Be it in the form of an exercise challenge or a sport, we want to be able to say “I can do that” or “I did that.”
That is why there are a lot of exercise challenges out there that are designed to push people to think and go outside of themselves. These challenges are also carefully created to give the results you expect in a specific time frame. Having that end or victory day to look forward to can give people the motivation and commitment they need to complete the workout.
Here are some great exercise challenges that can push people to do something new and exciting and work to have that rocking body they’ve always wanted.
1. BodyRock.TV Home Exercise Challenges
Here’s one for the busy people. These BodyRock.TV home exercise challenges are designed to help those who can’t spare even half an hour to work out or go to the gym. Most of these exercises take only a minute or two and you can do them easily in your house. The challenges are cleverly inserted into your regular routine and are spread out around the house to get you to do a bit of exercise without totally disrupting your schedule.
In the video below, you can see how you can incorporate home exercise challenges in your daily life.
2. 7 Day Extreme Push Up Challenge
If you’re looking for exercise challenges that are focused on testing your push up ability, then this is definitely for you. This 7-day extreme push up challenge will get you doing different types of crazy push ups for seven days.
3. 12 Week Exercise Challenge with Michelle Bridges
This is a body transformation program stretched out over 12 weeks. Like many exercise challenges, this program also includes nutrition plans per week to help you fix your diet and change your body for life.
4. Hard Rock Training Challenge
This challenge incorporates basic exercises that are brought to another level. If strength and power is what you’re looking for, then this hard rock training challenge may be the one for you.
5. 30 Day Wii Fitness Challenge
What better way to exercise than to do it with a Wii. Most thirty-day exercise challenges like this one allows you to work out in the comfort of your own home. With the 30-day Wii fitness challenge, you have 30 days of full control of your schedule and type of exercise you want to do.
6. 30 Day Shred Challenge with Jillian Michaels
The 30 day shred consists of twenty-minute daily workouts that already include warm-up, cardio, strength, abs, and cool-down exercises. Seems easy, but you have to do all these short exercises in rapid succession for exactly twenty minutes.
Succeeding in exercise challenges
These are just some of the exercise challenges that can help you get on the road to that rocking body of your dreams. You can pick any of these or look for other challenges that you feel are better for you.
Whatever challenge you choose, you have to have the COMMITMENT to see the challenge through. You need commitment to really stick it out and succeed.
I, for one, have exercise challenges on my to-do list for the year. My goal is to complete one or two exercise challenges within the year because I have decided that 2012 will be the year I push myself. And because I want to really push myself, I have my eye on the Insanity Workout, said to be the hardest fitness program on DVD. I have friends who swear by it and if they were able to do it, there really is no rock solid excuse why I can’t.
What about you, what exercise challenge are you doing to kick off the year?