The new fitness craze sweeping the nation (as you’ve probably heard) is the squat challenge! The Squat Challenge (as shown below) guides you with how many squats to do a day for a month getting progressively higher. Here are ten reasons why you should get involved!
– Gives you a sense of accomplishment! By giving yourself a goal, sticking to it daily and completing it till the end makes you feel proud of yourself. It can be challenging so seeing it through until the end will give you a huge sense of accomplishment!
– There are rest days! When I first looked at what it entailed and saw how many squats I had to do every day, I wondered if my muscles would ache too much to do the ones for the next day to the best of my ability. But then I saw every four days you had a rest day to give your muscles a chance to recover ready for the next set!
– Beyoncé bum! Doing the Squat Challenge may be tough but you will come out the other side of it with a booty to rival Beyoncé’s and Kim Kardashian’s! The Squat challenge could be the difference between having a butt and having an ass!
– Unites people! Women (and not forgetting men as well) are uniting everywhere to do this. You only have to type ‘Squat Challenge’ into the Twitter or Facebook search bar to find people encouraging each other. You can also (like I have) get your friends on board to do it with you. Doing it as a team is so much better because you all help each other along and encourage each other to keep the good work up!
– Can be integrated into your daily routine! The squats do not take a while to do so if you integrate them into your daily routine they will not seem like a chore. For example do them when you wake up, before you go to bed, or whilst you are watching the latest TOWIE episode.
– You do see the changes! I am only on day 9 of the challenge and I already notice the changes! It is really encouraging and helps you keep up the good work when you see positive results!
– Celebrities are on board! Having influential celebrities like Khloe Kardashian doing the challenge is positive because it shows women everywhere (whether they are celebrity or not) are uniting to do this!
– Works the whole body! The squat is literally one of the best exercises you can do for your body. It tones and works your whole body getting you that Summer bikini body in no time!
– Beneficial! Squats strengthen your muscles, joints and ligaments which prevent injuries for you in the long run!
– Improves balance and flexibility! Doing the Squat Challenge helps to improve your balance and flexibility in your ankles, hips, knees and back.
– Make new friends! You mix with so many different and interesting people at book club who all share a common interest with you – reading! So it is a great opportunity to make new friends!
– Get to read books you would have never usually picked up! Book clubs introduce you to authors and books you have never heard of before or would never have picked up for yourself usually.
– Get other people’s interpretations! Everybody is different and can bring something individual to the book that you would never have thought of before. For example people who are married, divorced, eighteen years old or thirty years old all bring something different to the book which you have not necessarily thought about before. Also people pick up things which you have missed in the book and it is not until they have said it that you notice it has been right under your nose all along!
– A peaceful escapism! Book clubs are a great time out from the hectic world we live in! To sit down, have a coffee and discuss the book you have all read is such a good way to relax and de-stress.
– Great way to learn new things! The more you read, the more you learn, so by reading all kinds of books (especially the ones you would not usually pick up yourself) you expand your knowledge!
– It is free! This may not be true for all book clubs but the book club I am in and the ones at local libraries are often free of charge!
– Improves communication skills! Book clubs are a great way for self-expression as you have to give your opinions of the books you read to other people. You can say if you like the book, do not like it and nobody is going to tell you that is wrong! This makes you much more confident because you are able to communicate your own opinion to your group.
– Some books need to be discussed! Have you ever finished a book where something you never thought would happen happened? Like for instance the hero of the book died and you are dying to tell somebody and share the shock and frustration with someone else but nobody has read the book?! Well book club gives you a chance to do that! Also especially on books that have open endings it is really interesting to discuss the possibilities with others because they might have thought something different to what you did.
– Helps you stick with books! Nothing is more frustrating than getting halfway through a book then not having time to finish it and by being in a book club you make sure you finish it. Having a deadline for when you have to finish it by makes it more of a priority to complete the book.
– Makes you read more often! Sometimes you find you do not have the time to read but being in a book club makes you make time specially out of your busy day to read the book whether it is on the tube journey to work or waiting for someone in your car.
– Running is such a good way to get fit! It is a whole body work out, whether you are running 1 mile or 10 miles it works your whole body.
– It makes you feel good! Okay so maybe when you are slugging up that hill after already doing 5 miles it may not feel good at the time… but I can assure you afterwards you will definitely feel so proud of yourself for reaching the goals you set and being able to push yourself to the limit.
– It is a great way to make new friends! Some people see running as a solo sport… which it is to some degree but why not get a running partner. My sister and I go running together and we can spend time together and work out at the same time. If you join a running club there are so many people with the same interest as you so it is really easy to make friends. One of the perks of a running club is swapping tips with fellow runners, whether it is which is the best way to train for a half marathon, what to eat before a jog, what trainers to recommend for cushioning your Achilles… anything!
– You can help charity! Whether you are sponsored to do fun runs or long marathons it is a perfect way to make money for your chosen charity. My dad did the London Marathon a few years ago and he raised a lot of money for the local hospice which made a significant difference to them.
– You can run anywhere! You do not need any fancy gear or there is no fee to do it (unless of course you join a running club!). You just need a pair of trainers and the world is your oyster!
– Benefits your health all round! Running helps to lower blood pressure, helps improve your skin especially if you have acne, builds stronger bones, improves your core, strengthens your muscles, helps you sleep better, reduces the risk of heart disease… the list is pretty much endless!
– Reduces stress! Whenever I am stressed I put on my trainers and headphones and go for a jog, I like to run long distance so when I am running it gives me time to think things through. When you run your body releases endorphins making you feel better and less stressed!
– You will lose weight! You will see the weight literally drop off you when you run. I dropped two dress sizes running in 3 months! It helps you tone up everywhere leaving you feeling much more confident about yourself.
– It wakes you up feeling refreshed in a morning! Whenever my alarm goes off at 7am it is so hard to leave my bed but once I have gone on my morning run I then feel refreshed and have so much energy for the rest of my day. Starting your day with a morning run gets you out of your zombie state first thing in a morning and helps you face the challenges of your day with high energy!
– It gives you a ‘can do’ attitude! The only thing stopping you from reaching your goals is your mind. Whenever I have a big hill to slog up or know that I have to run a few more miles I could easily give up but having a ‘can do’ attitude keeps me going and because of this I feel so much better afterwards!
So what are you waiting for, shut down your computer, grab your trainers and get running!