Fitness Challenge: 3 moves, 30 reps, 30 days

Exercise three days a week, and feel like a boss. This year, you’re going to be the one with a healthy body and a blissful mind. And, of course, envious abs. If you’re short on time, but still want the most out of every workout, this is tailor-made for you. Without a doubt, it’s going to be intense and thrilling. Grab a water bottle, and let’s get going.

Oh, push-ups, how I love thee. Let me count the ways.

Although many of us hate them, we can’t deny their effectiveness. I’m not telling you drop down, and give me one hundred. We’re going to start off with a set of thirty reps every day, and then by the third week, increase that to two sets daily. If you can do more, by all means, you’re welcome to. If you’re not there yet, you can always perform modified pushups instead. What’s so great about pushups is that any level of exerciser can perform them. Work slightly out of your comfort zone and pace yourself, but pay attention to your form, and listen to your body! I can’t repeat this enough times: form, form, form.

1, 2, 3, GO!

Easy, eh? Our next exercise is the front squat. Challenging, yet fun, an enticing combination that pushes us to do more than just 30 reps. Get moving!

To keep it interesting, we’re going to stay away from the treadmill and the elliptical. Bicycle crunches are my absolute favorite. We’re zooming in on all of our abdominal muscles, and strengthening our core. Your rectus abdominus, your external oblique, and surprisingly even the rectus femoris in the upper thigh are engaged. The pain will make you fully aware that the bicycle crunch is ten exercises in one. Nonetheless, believe me, the results are phenomenal. You’ll be thanking me later.

Already done? I bet you didn’t feel anything. Remember to stay hydrated!

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