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30 Day Squat ChallengeIt is just 3 days past the half-way point of my 30 Day Squat Challenge!  It has been going fast.  For the challenge you do squats 3 days in a row then have a rest day.  I missed yesterday so I will skip the rest day this time around so I can get them all in. The great thing is that I am actually sticking to the challenge!

Today I am up to 150 squats.  I usually do 3 or 4 sets depending on how many squats I need to do.  Today was 3 sets of 50.  I find it hard to do them all at once without taking a break.  By the end of the month I will be able to do 250!

I have only noticed a slight changed in my legs.  There has been a bit of muscle growth and if I measured the same way as when I started I have lost 1/2″ on what I call my lower thigh (I’m sure there is a proper term).  It is above the knee.  I did take measurements at the beginning and the other two I took (Thigh and what I call butt/saddlebags) I have not lost any inches yet.

I do have to be careful with my knees so I have started doing exercises that I was given by a physio therapist many years ago.  That seems to be helping.  I also don’t go as far down in the squat as most probably would for the same reason, although I do try to go to a 90 degree angle with the floor or keep in mind the chair rule that I mentioned in my post on this challenge.

Also, I still need to watch what I eat.  After Lent I have started to eat sweets again, so I need to keep that in mind and control my portions of that type of food.  I also hadn’t been doing other exercise, but today I went for a walk.  With the weather starting to be nicer I will start walking and jogging more often.

I’m excited to finish this challenge because it is something I have been sticking too.  Now that I have completed 18 days of the challenge it has become a habit and I know that I will finish!  Squats don’t take long to do.  You can do them when you wake up, for a break at the office (gets you active instead of sitting at your desk all day), while you are watching TV, before you go to bed, or right after a walk/run (your muscles are all warmed up).  It takes less than 5 min…well maybe when I get up to 250 it might take 10 min.  Give them a try and build up those leg muscles.  Shorts, skirts, and bathing suit season should be a good motivator to try it out!

Happy Exercising!  Find what works for you!

Have you given yourself an exercise challenge?  What was it?  How did it go?  I’d love to hear from you.  Leave a comment below!