A brand new year means it’s time to finally fulfill those fitness goals. If you’ve been meaning to get in shape, lose weight, or just beef up, here are 5 workout challenges to try in 2016.
1. The Squat Challenge
Legs are often neglected because barbells and hand weights are easier to handle, but squats definitely get the job done. You can start with this challenge anywhere you like, but we recommend going slow. For example, begin with just 5 squats a day for 3 days. Every 3 days, add 5 more squats until you reach 50. You’ll have hot legs in no time!
2. The Tricep Dip Challenge
Many women and some men struggle with flabby underarms. This is definitely a difficult place to workout, but the tricep dip challenge will help. There are two different ways to do this challenge.
You can do your dips with the help of a low table, chair, or the edge of the bathtub. Or you can do your dips by simple getting into the crab position on the floor. Doing the latter, you will dip off the floor, so you won’t have very far to go down.
Start with 3 to 5 dips on the first day because this is a hard move if you’ve never done it before. Every 3 to 5 days, add 3 to 5 more dips depending on how well you’re doing. Finish at 30 dips to see marked improvement.
3. The Couch to 5k Challenge
This one never gets old. If you’ve never been a runner but want to get into the habit, just do the couch to 5k challenge. This gets you from sitting on the couch to running a 5k. There are different tracks to take with this challenge, and where you start will depend on your current skill set when it comes to running. Find a good track for yourself online.
4. The Pushup Challenge
Pushups are one of the most challenging moves in fitness, but you can improve your pushup numbers by starting slow. On the first day, aim for 3 pushups. Add 3 more pushups every 3 days. There’s definitely no maximum for pushups, so take this fitness challenge as far as you can!
5. The Simple Challenge
Sometimes, it’s really hard to start a fitness challenge that is demanding. When you already have a busy life, you don’t want to add more stress. The simply challenge lets you achieve a fey key fitness goals but doesn’t put major pressure on.
There are 3 major goals to this challenge. First, fitness-wise, you should aim to do 10 minutes of extra movement each day. This might include walking, dancing or riding your bike. It doesn’t have to be strenuous. Next, try to drink at least 60 ounces of water each day. Finally, make sure to have at least 5 servings of fruits or veggies each day.
Try any or all of these challenges for a healthier you in 2016!