The internet loves a challenge. Whether it’s raising money for charity or joining a new dance, craze, challenges are the surest way to get clicks, likes, views, and shares. If you are interested in fitness, health, or wellness, you are sure to have seen numerous 30-day challenges come across your timeline. These thirty-day challenges encourage participants to do everything from planks and burpees to sprints and squats. But have you ever wondered if there is any real benefit to these challenges? Do they really work?
The answer is yes, but not in the way you may think.
If you are looking for overall weight loss and body transformations its safe to say that you won’t see much difference after a mere thirty days. Even if you have optimal health, nutrition, and form the results can be a little underwhelming. The rule of thumb is that it takes 4 to 8 weeks for you to be able to see significant changes in your body, and that’s assuming that you’re being consistent and have improved your diet. SO, unless you were pretty toned and fit at the beginning of the challenge, you probably won’t be able to see any significant results.
However, that doesn’t mean that things aren’t changing in your body. By the end of the thirty days, you may notice that you are sleeping better, have increased energy during the day, increased endurance, and general well-being. That’s because the benefits of exercise begin from day one. Researchers have found that people at risk for type 2 diabetes who take a fifteen-minute walk after meals have more controlled blood sugar levels than those who don’t.
Also, humans like finite goals. Doing something indefinitely sounds hard. But if you know that there is a definite end date, you are more likely to push through, even on the days when you are tempted to quit. This is a problem many people face when trying to build a fitness habit. Thirty days is long enough for you to begin to enjoy the new habit or to know for sure that it’s definitely not for you. It’s also long enough for you to begin to see and feel results, which may encourage you to keep pushing.
So, will you get amazing abs in thirty days? Probably not. But you might still want to take that ab challenge anyway. It’s not magic but it’s a great start.