Why try a 30 day fitness challenge?
Have you ever tried doing a fitness challenge for 30 days? This year I decided to make a new list of goals to achieve each month; one of these was to set a monthly fitness challenge. I’ve become a little obsessed with monthly challenges recently, why?
- 30 days is not a great deal of time to invest in a project if it doesn’t work out
- Doing something for 30 days can help to cement a good habit
- A new challenge each month can keep up your motivation and results can be seen in a short space of time
- It can help you develop a more open mind set to embrace change
- You can get a lot done it 30 days; think of doing one each month then that’s a lot of goals you’ve achieved!
So apply this to fitness and you’ve got a great fitness plan for the whole year!
Stuck for inspiration? Then check out my 5 favourite fitness challenges that I have taken from Pinterest.
30 Day Abs and Squats Challenge – this is actually my fitness challenge for February
30 Day Core Strength Challenge
30 Day Sleek Arms Challenge
30 Day Full Killer Body Workout
30 Day Burpee Challenge
Finally you needn’t just have to limit it to a monthly fitness challenge; it can be absolutely anything!
Do it for yourself!
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My February Goals
Ok we’ve got through January, it’s noticeably lighter and spring is on it’s way! January surprisingly didn’t drag as much for me as normal. Ok so I still had no money, other friends were feeling the pinch so no socialising to get rid of the January blues. Setting my own January Goals helped me to focus on things and be more pro-active about getting things done instead of mopping around the house. I consciously made a plan and effort to achieve each of the goals that I set, 10 in total. Some were easy, some were harder and took a while to complete. It’s given me the motivation to carry on setting monthly goals and see what I’ve managed to achieved at the end of the year.
So here are my new monthly goals:
- New Fitness Challenge for the month – Abs and Squats Challenge
- Repost one of my very first workouts (ideal for a beginner), I’ve got loads so why not share?
- Freezer Meal Prep Session – check out these ideas that you can through into your Slow Cooker from livingrichwithcoupons.com and more ideas from smartschoolhouse.com
- Put together a meal plan for my children’s suppers and use it! I’m using a printable meal planner from shesaved.com found on Pinterest.
- Re-think my fitness goals and put a new plan of action in place
- Organise a cinema trip with my daughter and a couple of her mates to see ‘Sing!’
- De-clutter the Living Room (phase 2 of my whole house de-clutter)
- Go Sugar free for February, read this infographic if it all looks a little daunting!
- Revamp some of the images on my Busyfitmama blog
- Create a Photo Gallery for my Kitchen
Looking back to the goals I set for January (read my blog post My January Goals) I’ve noticed that they generally focus on fitness, health, blogging, family and my messy house! I suppose it’s what I’m all about but here’s to hoping the messy house will be a goal I achieve sooner rather than later!
Do you set goals each month? What are your February Goals?
Do more of what makes you happy!
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Hello 2017! Workout Music Playlist
Happy New Year! It’s 2017 and a fresh start for me fitness wise after the usual over indulgence of Christmas. Do I feel at all guilty? Nope! Well just a little but isn’t that what Christmas is all about. So now it’s time to get back to the Gym and getting rid of those few extra pounds I’ve managed to pile on. So I’ve put together a new workout music playlist to help me get back into the swing of things. I’ve also put together a New Year Running Music Playlist, which is slightly more upbeat but just as good for the Gym.
All my workout music is available to purchase on iTunes and other online music stores such as Amazon
Hello 2017! Workout Music Playlist
The Mack (ft. Mark Morrison and Fetty Wap) – Nevada
Turn Down For What – DJ Snake & Lil Jon
So Good – Louisa Johnson
Hall of Fame (ft. will.i.am) – The Script
Starving (ft. Zedd) – Hailee Steinfeld & Grey
Earthquake (ft. Tinie Tempah) – Labrinth
Touch – Little Mix
All Night – The Vamps & Matoma
That’s My Girl – Fifth Harmony
Shed A Light (ft. Cheat Codes) – Robin Schulz & David Guetta
Am I Wrong – Nico & Vinz
No Sleep – Twin Atlantic
Hotline Bling – Drake
Love Myself – Hailee Steinfeld
Fancy (ft. Chari XCX) – Iggy Azalea
What workout music gets you motivated to exercise?
One Pound At A Time!
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Hello 2017! Running Music Playlist
Happy New Year! Time to get back to running after two weeks of a diet of chocolate, prosecco and Christmas TV Catch Up marathons. I went into Christmas full of good intentions but by Christmas morning that had all evaporated and been replaced by a tin of Quality Street. So a brand, spanking new year and a fresh start. A cliché I know but I enjoyed Christmas, spending time with family and catching up with friends so I don’t feel guilty. Now the challenge is to step away from the remains of the selection box and get out there running again.
So new running music is what is called for, so check out my New Year Running Playlist if you are in need of inspiration and motivation!
All my running music is available to purchase on iTunes and other online music stores such as Amazon.
Hello 2017! Running Music Playlist Tracks
Dancing On My Own (Tiesto Remix) – Callum Scott
Some Kind of Heaven – Hurts
All Goes Wrong (ft. Tom Grennan) – Chase & Status
Good Intentions (ft. BullySongs) – The Chainsmokers
By Your Side (ft. RAYE) – Jonas Blue
Find Me (ft. Birdy) – Sigma
Trouble – Offaiah
Perfect Strangers (ft. JP Cooper) Jerome Price Remix – Jonas Blue
Alone No More – Philip George & Anton Powers
Somewhere To Run (Lost King’s Remix) – Krewella
Kids (Soulwax Mix) – MGMT
The Key The Secret – Urban Cookie Collective
Happy Alone (ft. V. Bozeman) – Matrix & Futurebound
Under Control (ft. Hurts) – Calvin Harris & Alesso
Dare You (ft. Matthew Koma) – Hardwell
Autumn Workout Playlist
Summer is well and truly over so it’s time for a change when it comes to my workout music; my last playlist was My Summer Workout Playlist. New fitness goals always coincide with the change in the seasons for me so what better excuse to update my playlist. So if you are after some workout music inspiration as always it’s 15 songs from me, which I’ve put together as an Infographic.
All the songs in my workout music playlists are available to purchase through iTunes and other online music stores such as Amazon.
Autumn Workout Playlist Tracks 2016
In the Name of Love – Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha
Cold Water – Major Lazer, Justin Beiber MØ
R.I.P – Rita Ora & Tinnie Tempah
Perfect Illusion – Lady GaGa
Starving (ft. Zedd) – Hailee Steinfield & Grey
On My Mind – Ellie Goulding
Closer (ft. Halsey) – The Chainsmokers
Starboy (ft. Daft Punk) – The Weeknd
Can You Hear Me (ft. Skepta, JME & Ms. D) – Wiley
The Greatest – Sia & Kendrick Lamar
Jealous (The Rooftop Boys Remix) – Nick Jonas
Trap Queen – Fetty Wap
Omen (ft. Sam Smith) – Disclosure
Work – Iggy Azalea
Kiss the Sky – Jason Derulo
How often do your update your workout music?
What are your favourite workout songs?
Keeping up your fitness motivation
Last week I went to New York for a few days with some lovely friends of mine. It was the first time I’d been to the USA and I am happy to say that it lived up to all of my expectations. It was hectic, exhausting, amazing, exhilarating, exciting. I think I went through every emotion during my visit to this amazing city. I’m already thinking of booking another trip there, this time with my other half, and know what places I would like to visit next time. Back in the UK, back to reality I got a dose of the post holiday blues. Don’t we all?
In preparation for my New York trip. I’d upped my fitness training. Reasons? Well I wanted to wear a pair of shorts with confidence and look passable on any photos! Very shallow of me I know but I think most people like to look good for their holidays; it was after all what originally sparked off my desire to lose weight and reassess my diet a couple of years ago (read my post How re-thinking my diet led to sustainable weight loss).
So back home and the thought of getting back to the Gym or out for a run was the furthest from my mind! It was tempting to say I’ll start next week but I’ve done that before and it’s made me realise how easy it is to lose your motivation and get out of a routine. So I allowed myself a couple of days off; jet lag and getting kids sorted for back to school, getting myself sorted for back to work. So no excuses, alarm set time to get back into it.
It’s hard to keep motivated to keep fit. It’s hard if perhaps you are at that stage where you are seeing no results, you are maybe trying to maintain your weight or like me you feel you’ve achieved your goals so what next? So what can you do to keep motivated?