5 Minimalist Fitness Challenges (Get Fit Faster)

Take a fitness challenge to enhance your wellbeing

A few days ago I did a post regarding my minimalist fitness routine was based around a dumbbell routine, ideally done at the gym, but not everyone can or wants to get to the gym, and not everyone can or want to use dumbbells, either. So I started thinking about fitness challenges, ones that do not take long but can have a big effect on your fitness, especially if you are new. 

Doing fitness challenges can have a positive effect on you, it will make you move more and get a little workout in, and if you are used to not working out at all, fitness challenges are a good place to start. Every little helps!

I have taken part in some challenges before, I did a 1000 kettlebell swings  challenge and a 1000 squats challenge. Even though I am used to going to the gym and using free weights, those challenges were challenging, not so much at the beginning, but as you get going they are very humbling!

Here are some challenges you can take part in, they start off easy but soon ramp up. Please remember to warm up beforehand.

All of these challenges require no equipment as well!

Minimalist Fitness Challenges

Plank Challenge: 

Holding a plank is one of the most popular exercises for strengthening your core muscles. To start, get into a push-up position with your arms straight and your hands shoulder-width apart. Lower yourself onto your forearms and keep your body in a straight line from your head to your heels. Hold this position for 30 seconds, making sure to engage your abs and glutes. 

As you get stronger, gradually increase the time you hold the plank each day. You can also try variations such as side planks or lifting one leg at a time to challenge yourself even more. By the end of the month, aim to reach a 5-minute plank, which will not only improve your core strength but also your overall posture and stability. 

Squat Challenge: 

If you're looking to improve your lower body strength and tone your legs, adding squats to your daily routine is a recommended way of achieving this. I am a massive fan of goblet squats in particular. Start with just 10 squats a day, either weighted or just using your bodyweight, this will seem easy, but as you gradually increase the number of repetitions by 5 each day, you'll quickly be humbled. 

By the end of the month, you'll be doing an impressive 155 squats in one session, which will not only help you build muscle but also improve your balance and stability! You will 100% notice a positive difference.

Pushup Challenge:

Start with as many pushups as you can do in one set and gradually increase that number by one each day, you are challenging you will be challenging your muscles to adapt and become stronger. By the end of the month, you'll be amazed at how many more pushups you can do compared to when you started. 

Burpee Challenge: 

I hate burpees, I always have and I always will. But they are a good exercise! Burpees are a full-body exercise and if you're looking to challenge yourself then burpees is the way to go. Start with 5 burpees and adding one more each day. By the end of the month, you'll be doing 35 burpees in one session, which trust me, is not as easy as it sounds. 

Plank-to-Pushup Challenge: 

If you have done the plank and push up challenges, you could do another challenge and do both at the same time! To perform this exercise, start by getting into a plank position. From here, lower yourself down into a pushup position by bending your elbows and lowering your chest towards the ground. Get the benefits of both exercises in one! Start with as many as you can do, and increase by one a day at least.

By doing one or more of these minimalist fitness challenges you are not only benefiting your health and fitness, but also you will have a sense of accomplishment. Honestly at the end of the challenges you will feel so much better. And if you want to do a certain challenge again, just use an advanced variation. For example for push ups you can start doing incline, the key to progressing is to make things harder and harder:)

You can also try out these core exercises to work those abs!