Mick Kremling

They say to establish a habit, it takes 66 days. Who is they? Science of course! (Healthline, PsychCentral, ScienceAlert)

The 12 Weeks Workout Challenge

From past experience, I would definitely have to agree! Just recently (Nov-Feb), a group of friends and I started a 12 Weeks Workout Challenge. I was reluctant to join at first since I wasn’t sure I could do it. I normally hike a lot on the weekends, but adding a 30 minute workout during the week seemed to be pushing it.

Here were the guidelines:

  • You must workout at least on an average of 4 times a week
  • Each workout must be at least 30 minutes.
  • Anything but walking is valid. If you’re hiking, it must be over three miles.

What were the results? Out of 8 people from the start: 1 never started, 2 faded away, and 4 completed the challenge. The 1 other one did not meet the guidelines but wanted to go to Round 2. He said it helped to see when he worked out.

What were my results? In those 12 weeks, I worked out 74 times. In 5 of those weeks, I worked out every day. I am 100% sure that I would have NOT worked out that much if it wasn’t for the challenge.

Two weeks. And then we decided to take a break between Round 1 and Round 2. And guess what? I continued to work out daily. Therefore, the habit formed and I felt guilty when I didn’t work out.

Are You A No Excuse Mom?

On a side note, with a full time job, a kid, keeping the house clean, cooking dinner almost every night – I was still able to get my workout in. So a big thank you for the first No Excuse Mom – Maria Kang for leading my example and showing that you can get things done as a mom! And no excuses!

What App Helped Me Out?

There is an unlimited abundance of fitness apps out there. (And YouTube of course!) The one app that I keep using over and over again is now Workout For Women. It even comes with daily quotes when you open the app (like the one above). It has different categories of workouts starting from 5 minutes to even 1 hour ones. So seriously, no excuse!

Workout For Women

The app has plenty of descriptions for each exercise. So newbies do not be scared! Does’t the below bodies make you wanna do something? (Yes I know I need to charge my phone)