In July, the boxing gym I attend (K-Fit in Minooka) posted a July fitness challenge, which you can see below. Because I am in love with all things K-Fit, I decided to take on the challenge. But I knew the following things before I even started:
- Some of the exercises I knew I would not physically be able to do.
- I would not be able to do this every day for 31 days in a row.
But none of that stopped me.
I added the following exercises to make up for the ones I could not do:
- Regular plank
- Regular push ups
- Push ups from knees
When I started on July 1, I had to break exercises up into 3 sets of 10. I could hold a plank for 30 seconds. By the time I was at July 31, I could do most exercises in sets of 30 or sometimes in 2 sets of 15, and I could hold a plank for 90 seconds.
Here is a rundown of what I did in July:
- Basic squat: 771
- Russian twist: 488
- Sumo squat: 570
- Bicycles: 500
- Mountain climbers: 360
- Narrow squats: 570
- Squat, hop, feet in: 330
- Flutter kicks: 541
- Plank jacks: 37
- Plank twists: 30
- Push ups from knees: 400
- Regular push ups: 62
- Regular planks: 14
That means I did a total of 4,673 activities in July — not including my boxing classes or running.
I fell well short of the 10,000 activities, and I couldn’t actually do all the activities on the list. Did I fail the challenge?
Because I have a sneaking suspicion this challenge wasn’t about doing 10,000 things — it was about being as healthy and active as you personally could be. So that means success.
I was able to see my improved endurance when doing these exercises. So that means success.
I was able to do some exercises at the end of the month that I couldn’t do at the start of the month (plank jacks, plank twists). So that means success.
While in the ring with my instructor during one class, she said to me, “Your arms look great! Have you been dong push ups?” (SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!) So that means success.
It’s easy to see something and say, “I can’t do that,” and not even try. It’s easy to give up when you fall behind. But it’s not easy to try things you don’t know if you can do, and it’s not easy to keep going when you want to give up. But by persevering, you experience success, and it looks different for everyone.