40 day exercise challenge!

40 day exercise challenge!

It might be pancakes as usual on Shrove Tuesday, but it’s time for a change of recipe for Lent. Are you ready to take on a 40 day exercise challenge?

Lent is traditionally a religious time to avoid indulgences of the mind, body and spirit. However, anyone with the desire to make positive changes to their lifestyle can take advantage of the 40 day structure of Lent.

But instead of giving something up, you can do something extra. Like exercise!

Our challenge to you is to do some form of exercise every day for 40 days. We don’t necessarily mean make daily visits to the gym, though you can if you like. Simply aim to do something physically active every day.

Why 40 days is perfect

Committing to a 40 day structure gives you several advantages:

  • It’s actually easier to exercise every day. You don’t have to think about which days you’re exercising on.
  • Having a time limit of 40 days is also psychologically reassuring. The finish line isn’t ever far away. 
  • If thousands of others are sticking to something then you won’t feel alone.

So are you ready for the 40 challenge?

Great! Here’s some training tips.

  • To avoid boredom, try some new gym classes out.
  • Focus on different body parts each day.
  • Try out a 30 day gym pass for unlimited gym visits.
  • Do home workouts if the weather’s lousy.
  • If time is short, do High Intensity Training or Tabata.
  • Create your own 40 day workout plan. Print it out and stick to it.
  • Share the benefits and get the whole family involved.

Enjoy your pancakes. Then get ready to exercise!

 

Comments

Trevor D.
10 March 2014

Trevor D.

quite right - giving things up is negative. Doing more is the positive way!

Elliot M.
7 March 2014

Elliot M.

I love this idea. I'd rather take on a challenge than giving something up for Lent!

Sarah L.
5 March 2014

Sarah L.

We may be a secular nation, but the idea of Lent seems to be clinging on. Perhaps it is all about working off those pancakes! I'm just happy that in 40 days it will be late April and winter will definitely be gone. This sounds a good way to tick off those last few dark days.

Derek B.
5 March 2014

Derek B.

I'm not the religious type but I love the idea of an exercise-focused Lent. Like you, Craig, I already do a lot of exercise - but I'm sure there's always room for improvement or positive change, and a 40-day kickstart might be just the way to bring that about.

craig t.
5 March 2014

craig t.

Where do I sign up?! Seriously, I would be up for 40 day challenge but I pretty much already exercise every day. 4 x a week at the gym and then cycling to work on other days. Any more and I would injure myself.

Sasha B.
4 March 2014

Sasha B.

I like the tip about printing out a workout plan for 40 days. I am going to do that and stick it on the fridge. If I get too knackered or sidetracked by children it will be easier to just look and do something. Great idea!

Matthew C.
3 March 2014

Matthew C.

I'd be up for this! I love a challenge. I walk the dog most days anyway so my challenge will be to make sure i get to the gym on the other days.

Elizabeth N.
3 March 2014

Elizabeth N.

I'm very up for this. Usually I give just give up chocolate. Loving this idea!

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