03 January, 2012

28-Day Workout Challenge

I've been using SparkPeople for a couple of years now as an aid to living a healthier lifestyle but it wasn't until this summer did I take it seriously. Check it out if you are looking for a completely free and wonderful program to help jumpstart your weight loss journey. You can track your food,  workouts, and also serves as a great resource for online support as they have a very active community.

Anyways, back to the title of the post. Sparkpeople has this thing called "streaks" which is basically committing to doing something everyday to see how long you can go without missing a day. So a streak can be anything from sleeping at least 8 hours a night to drinking at least 8 glasses of water everyday.

I've chosen a streak for January and that is, to workout for at least 20 minutes everyday; at least 10 minutes of cardio and 10 minutes strength training. Of course aiming for more is great but the whole point is to make working out not sound as daunting as it can sometimes be. So, as long as you get those 20 minutes in, you've achieved your goal for that day. Believe me, if you are anything like me and have an all or nothing mentality, this keeps you motivated to workout every day because it means no little is too little, not even only 20 minutes. And the best part is that you can split the 20 minutes into two sessions of 10 minutes each woohoo!

To enable you stick to this, it is beneficial to have an arsenal of 10 minute workout videos right? Well, I joined sparkpeople's 28-day Bootcamp Challenge. It provides you with several 10 minute videos that you can do once or several times over for when you can't get to the gym. I love those videos because then there is no excuse not to get at least that 10 minutes in.

So over the next 28 days, I plan to mix and match several of my favorite workouts as follows:
  • Running: I'm training for a half marathon in May
  • Zumba: I love love zumba
  • Cardio Kickboxing: I love group classes and I really push myself during them
  • Step: 45 mins class
  • Spinning: 1 hour class
  • Weightlifting (Using The Female Fitness Bible 12 week program and
  • Multiple DVDs  (Jillian Micheals, Turbo Jam, sparkpeople)
Shelli over at Hairscapades is going for the 28 day streak as well but with different workouts planned. So, please join us in making this a very active 28days!! Let's make this more interesting by checking in every week to see how we are doing. You can just comment on this post or send me an email and I will put together a weekly post with everyone's update. Cool?



  1. Yup! I'm in!!! I will do a post every day when I complete my exercise for the day. I have added the category "Project Scale Down" so that anyone who is interested can search by that and the posts will be under GOC>Fitness. Man, I'm putting my intentions on blast ... this should really help keep me committed. So thanks Chy's;)!!!


  2. Oh! I meant to include the link to the category:).


  3. @hairscapades

    That is a great idea. I'm looking forward to this month and all the months to comee. Yes, there is strength in numbers!


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