Join us in our 4th annual 13 day cardio challenge!

Michelle and I have had so much fun the last 3 summers with the cardio challenge, we invite you to join us again! This year we have decided to squeeze it in at the end of May, so by June 2nd we are already done and feeling great before summer even begins.

The Challenge

1 hour of cardio everyday for 13 days in a row. Anything qualifies as cardio that keeps your heart rate up for 60 minutes straight. Running, walking, biking, rollerblading, jogging, treadmill, elliptical, stair climbing, hiking, rowing, boxing, cardio focused group fitness class, and yoga if it is a higher intensity flow style.

The Rules

The cardio challenge can combine 2 or 3 activities together in one session as long is there is not a long rest/transition period in between. It can be more than 60 minutes but not less. During the previous 3 years, we have had a few people join us that had to do 2 – 30 minute sessions each day due to their schedules. We think that is a great option if needed!

Make the Time

Finding the time and committing to that length of time 13 days in a row is tough. That is why we are letting you know in advance, to give you plenty of time to look at your calendar and pencil in an hour each day, just as you would an appointment that you can’t miss. The dates are May 21st – June 2nd. We have honestly found that making time for this hour of exercise everyday actually increases our productivity the rest of the day. You can read about that here.

Real Challenges

Another challenge for some of you will be that you are not used to working out for that length of time, or for that duration more than a few times a week. The good news is that you don’t have to do this challenge at your highest intensity. You pick your own pace, shoot for moderate, maybe adding some intense bursts every once in a while.

In this cardio challenge you are not getting a day off, or a “rest day”, which is another reason you want to pace yourself so you don’t get injured. If you regularly lift weights, you can still stick to that schedule, but consider waiting until the 13 days of this challenge are over before increasing your weight, reps, intensity, or duration of any other workouts.

Join Us

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post (below), or on Facebook or Twitter (find these on the right side column of this page), which ever one is most convenient for you. This is your “check in” to tell us what you do each day. The friendly competition fuels each other’s motivation, and helps keep us all on track.

We are doing this on the honor system of self reporting – good or bad news. There is no winning prize other than increased cardio endurance, a boost to your metabolism, and maybe a jump-start into a more consistent fitness routine. We are headed into summer, the weather is gorgeous, and this is a perfect way to soak it in. We all want to look and feel our best this time of year, and this cardio challenge will help!

No matter how we do or who joins us, Michelle and I will be reporting our cardio each day in the blog comment section of this post, so you can follow our progress and report yours too. Hope to see you here!

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32 Responses to Join us in our 4th annual 13 day cardio challenge!

  1. Melanie says:

    Day 1. Feeling accomplished and off to a great start! 1 hour in my neighborhood and nearby park. Jogged 3 of the songs on my playlist and power walked the rest.

  2. Michelle says:

    Day 1– I started with a 30 minute power walk around my neighborhood first thing this morning, and just completed the last 30 minutes with a 25 minute T25 workout and a 5 minute active stretch. I have been doing T25 for a few weeks now and love it! Glad to have the cardio challenge to now add another 30 minutes of exercise to my day. 🙂 Today’s workout was lower focus so a lot of jumping, squats, hopping while squatting and high knee jogs.

  3. Melanie says:

    Day 2. Morning Ringling Bridge power walk, jogged one song. It was windy, hot and beautiful!

  4. Alexis Bellovich says:

    Yesterday Day 1: Slept in until 8:00. Went to the Y and did 35 minutes on the stair climber starting at level 7 and ending at level 12. Then ran for 15 minutes on the inside track then walked 10 minutes on an incline on the treadmill. Today Day 2: Ran for 30 minutes on the legacy trail. Turned around at 30 minutes and came back. Very hot and humid if felt great though, just kept things slow so as not to get a cramp. Covered just under 5 miles. 🙂

  5. Michelle says:

    Day 2 – 30 minute power walk this morning before church..then did a 30 minute active yoga/stretch, followed by push-ups. I could only do 15 of them, but hoping to get better!

  6. Melanie says:

    Day 3. Took my lunch hour to power walk on the beach. I should do this more often! Feeling energized for the rest of the work day!

  7. Michelle says:

    Day 3 – My T25 workout today was Total Body Circuit, followed by a five minute active stretch…I wanted to follow it with a 30 minute power walk but the workout kicked my butt so I took a break lol. Just finished up the day with the power walk around my neighborhood.

  8. Alexis Bellovich says:

    Yesterday, day 3: 1 hour a.m. run on the legacy trail 5 miles. Today, day 4: Just did a 30 minute run in my neighborhood. I”l have to come up with 30 minutes of cardio after work tonight:)

  9. Melanie says:

    Day 4. 1 hour at the Ringling Bridge. Jogged 1 song, power-walked the rest. Gorgeous morning – high 60’s, no wind, low humidity. Feeling strong and steady!

  10. Michelle says:

    Day 4 – Just challenged myself to the”beta” series of my t25 workouts with a workout called Speed 2.0. It was 25 minutes of constant movement..jumping, hopping, jacks, active boxing, hop squats, etc.. I definitely had my heart rate up for 25 minutes solid. Felt great after, so immediately took my dog for a power walk for 30 minutes. She is starting to do better too and even had me doing a slow jog at one point 🙂 Came home and did the five minutes of active stretching that followed the Speed workout. Feeling great!!!

  11. Melanie says:

    Day 5. Read my Day 4 comment. Ditto. 🙂

  12. Michelle says:

    Day 5 – Did my T 25 lower focus video, active stretch and thirty minutes around my neighborhood :)))…I feel great and have been craving vegetables!

  13. Melanie says:

    Day 6. In the four years we have been doing this challenge, Michelle and I have never done a cardio workout together for it. That changed today. 1 hour beach power-walk. Admittedly, we unexpectedly bumped into friends, and stopped to chat with them twice.

  14. Michelle says:

    Day 6 – See Melanie’s post above :)) I also did my t25 cardio workout and still had so much energy afterwards I mowed our lawn, then went swimming with my daughter. I am EXHAUSTED now..but still feel great and healthy!

  15. Melanie says:

    Day 7. Beach power walk by myself today. Feeling great!

  16. Michelle says:

    Day 7 – One day a week I do two t25 workouts. Decided to do that first thing this morning and did ab intervals, and total body circuit..also did a power walk with my dog around the neighborhood. Feeling amazing!

  17. Melanie says:

    Day 8. 1 hour Ringling Bridge Power Walk. A beautiful morning! Very energizing!

  18. Melanie says:

    Day 9. 1 hour at the Ringling Bridge. Jogged 2 songs, power-walked the rest. Feeling accomplished!

  19. Michelle says:

    Day 8 (sorry I missed posting yesterday!) – I did an hour power walk.

  20. Michelle says:

    Day 9 – I did a 45 minute power walk and swam for 30 minutes. It was a gorgeous day!

  21. Melanie says:

    Day 10. 1 hour Power Walk on the beach! Perfect way to start the day!

  22. Melanie says:

    Day 11. 1 hour Ringling Bridge Power Walk. This was the first morning I was not 100% motivated to get up for cardio. However, once I was up, saw the beautiful morning, and heard awesome music in my earbuds, I was so happy!

  23. Michelle says:

    Day 10 – Hour long power walk first thing in the morning!

  24. Michelle says:

    Day 11 – (I also forgot to add that I did a core cardio video yesterday after my walk :))…I did two videos today: Speed 2.0 and Upper Body Focus. It was exhausting but I feel great and very cleansed!

  25. Melanie says:

    Day 12. 1 hour at Ringling Bridge. Jogged two songs, power-walked the rest. Feeling great!

  26. Michelle says:

    Day 12 – Yesterday I woke up early and did a power walk, followed by a dynamic core t25 video after work. Feeling awesome and I can’t believe today is the last day of the challenge!

  27. Michelle says:

    Day 13 – Did my power walk and now going to finish the challenge with a t25 core cardio video. I’m still pretty sore from the workout yesterday but not letting that stop me!!! Hope everyone enjoyed the cardio challenge this year!!!

  28. Melanie says:

    Day 13. Since I started this challenge in my neighborhood, I figured I would finish the same way. Jogged 2 songs and power-walked the rest. Feeling toned, energized, healthier, and ready for summer! I plan to take 2 days off from cardio, and then resume my typical cardio schedule of 3-5 hours per week. Cheers!

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