I get asked often why I don't run challenges like the "21 Day Fix" or "8 weeks to a New You" or how about we call it "Give me your money for 21 days so you can then go back to your old habits or get minimal to no results and I'll see you next year, same place, same time." I could easily cash in on this large and profitable trend but I haven't and I won't. Because I hate challenges, like actually hate them. At the top of my "are you effing kidding me" list are those 30 days of squats or 30 days of lunges challenges. That goes against ALL scientific knowledge on what is healthy for our bodies. But hell ya, go ahead and hammer those knees into oblivion after doing basically nothing for years. let me know how that works out for you. Dr Phil and I will just sit over here until you're done killing yourself. At NO point should you do the same exercise without adequate rest to let the body heal all the torn up muscle. 72 hours. Three days. Make it your mantra.
How many times have you seen someone posting their daily updates during one of these challenges and around the middle of the contest start counting down to its end? "Only four more weeks.’ ‘Almost there!" If you have an end date in your head for all the wonderful healthy changes you are making to your life then you will mostly likely NOT be successful long term. You need to realize that this is a lifelong journey. Just sing the lamb chop song if you're not understanding me... It literally is the road that never ends. You must treat this like the great migration. One foot in front of the other. Mile after mile after mile. Not a sprint to the imaginary end in your head.
I'm sure I'll hear all sorts of comments about how it helps people to get started, or it's good to have support or "insert your reason here". But I call bullshit. That's what your friends and family are for. Because let's face it all those other people in the challenge are secretly hoping that they win, they don't actually know you or care if you win no matter how many "you go girl's" they post. And chances are you won't ever interact with them again. Use the circle closest to you as your support network, not some internet "friends". They are not the ones that will be there for you forever. So stop trying to be part of the pack and become a leader.
I don't care if you join a gym, workout out with 80's videos or walk dogs for the SPCA (you should try the latter, super fun and great exercise). Just get off your ass and DO it. If your husband doesn't want to join you screw him (not literally) ...wait they do say that sex boosts your metabolism and endorphins so have at er...
But seriously the challenges do not have high success rates long term. You need a PLAN. You need a plan that never ends. You need to prioritize your life and CHOOSE to change forever. With or without a "challenge".
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