I’m excited to report that I completed Neila Rey’s 30 Days of Cardio Blast challenge! That’s right, I put my mind to it, I put my heart into it and I DID IT. It was not easy doing it every day. One day in particular I felt really low. I normally would have done nothing that day – I would have curled up in front of the TV and hidden behind the blankets – but on this day I was committed. It was probably not my most powerful workout, but I still did it – like getting up and brushing my teeth I knew that it had to be done. It felt just like routine – so it worked!
Is 30 Days of Cardio Blast for you?
YES! No excuses 🙂
“I already workout regularly”
So do I! I went to the gym on my regular workout days and also completed all 30 days of this challenge. Sometimes I incorporated the daily workout at the gym, other days I did it at home.
Also, this challenge will give you variety. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut. It remind me of little exercises that I can do between sets at the gym (like active rest), or even when I’m watching TV. It also reminded me that if I can’t make it to the gym I can still sweat with some quick and interesting workouts. There really are no excuses!
“I get bored easily”
There is so much variety every day and most workouts seem to go so fast because you’re moving from one exercise to the next. I loved how every day was different. The workouts will be over before you know it.
“I don’t think this will be challenging enough for me”
Oh, trust me – it probably will be. Every workout looked much easier on paper than when I actually did it. My husband, who is much fitter than me, found it challenging. In addition there are 3 levels – each level has a higher number of sets. I did it on level 1 so I know there is definitely room for more challenge for me!
“I can’t do all the exercises in the challenge”
Neither can I! However, there is a version of those exercises that you can do – so do that. For example, my friend had difficulty completing the plank jumping jacks. Instead she stepped in and out. You’ll also find that you might not be able to something the first time that exercise comes up, but when you do it again in a few days you can suddenly do more than you could the first time. For example, initially my friend couldn’t step in and out. She just held a plank position. The same exercise showed up a few days later – and this time she was able to step in and out – progress!
“I don’t have time to do this everyday”
Yes you do – most days it took me 15 minutes or less to complete the workout. Everyone can find 15 minutes in the day.
“No really, I can’t do this daily”
Ok – well how about you still take on the challenge, but commit to a workout every other day, or even 3 days a week? For example, day 1 on Monday, day 2 on Wednesday, day 3 on Friday etc.
My friend fell off the challenge wagon during week 3. She had gone from no regular workout routine to working out daily. When she was not able to do the workout, or did not feel like doing it, she was feeling bad and beating herself up over it. She also felt guilty about letting me down. That’s the opposite impact these 30 days should have! You should feel good about what you are doing and good about yourself! That’s when I suggested to her that she could tackle the challenge by having gap days. That way you are still completing a challenge and you are mentally able to get through it on a positive note.
“But there are no rest days?!”
There are challenge days where you have to complete something throughout the day. For example, 300 leg raises. These are effectively rest days. You can split the exercise out during the day and it’s not as intense as one of the other days. However, it still gets your blood flowing and helps keep you in the habit of doing exercise.
“15 minutes a day won’t help me see any changes”
I found it helpful to remember that all the small things I was doing everyday were having a positive impact on the bigger picture. Let’s face it – no one cares about the small changes – they want to see the big change right away. Well, remember: small change + small change + small change = big changes. After 30 days I definitely saw improvement. You have to take small consistent steps to see big results and changes.
“I don’t want to do it”
You have to want to do it. The resources are there, but if you don’t push yourself then you won’t do it. It’s much easier to talk yourself out of a workout than talk yourself into one. Remember why you have thought about working out. My guess is the number one reason is for your health. That’s my number one reason. I want to live a full and long life. There are no guarantees, but I know that incorporating exercise works in my favor.
What’s next for me?
Another 30 day challenge of course! I’m going to attack Neila Rey’s 30 days of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) v2. I plan to start on Sunday – anyone want to join me?! C’mon – you know you want to!!