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.
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 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.
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.
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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