A little over a month ago, countless people began pursuing their New Year's resolution to lose weight and/or lead a healthier lifestyle. However, nearly 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail, according to U.S. News & World Report.
That said, it seems reasonable for people to forgo the resolution-making altogether and seek alternatives, such as 30-day exercise challenges, which have become increasingly popular, reports the Wall Street Journal.
The goal of these challenges is to make a commitment to something for a month, with hopes of it turning in to a consistent habit post-challenge. Or for some, it's not about continuing on with the exact same protocol of the challenge, but rather some aspect of it. For example, keeping up with some sort of a gym routine after a 30-day fitness challenge (not repeating the same workouts, which would not be effective for months on end!), or simply eating cleaner after something extreme like the Whole30 challenge.
Over 200 smartphone apps have “30 day challenge” in the title and internet searches for “30 day challenge” have spiked 140% since 2013, says the Wall Street Journal report. So, what is it about 30-day challenges that's so appealing? Here are three reasons, according to the WSJ article:
1. The idea of a fresh start is appealing
People are 14% more likely to visit a gym at the beginning of the month, according to a 2014 study published in the journal Management Science.
2. That's how long it takes to make it a habit
It takes people an average of four visits a week for nearly six weeks to become regulars at a gym, according to research conducted by the Journal of Behavior Medicine.
3. It streamlines the goal-setting process
Working out the same time every day and pursuing a plan that is enjoyable and simpl can help you stay on track.
Ready to try a 30-day challenge yourself? Check out our 30-day Dare to Do More fitness plan from Dolvett Quince. It's got 30 days worth of muscle-building, fat-shredding workouts, plus video demos for some and eating tips.
Want to trim down in less than 30 days? Try the updated-for-2016 21-Day Shred.