Summer is a great time to get in shape—you can enjoy the non-freezing weather, the longer days, and depending on your line of work, you might have more free time. But then a vacation happens, and your fitness goals take a back seat for a little while. Here’s how to minimize the damage.
We all hit a slump near the beginning of a fitness program. Not at the very start, when we’re excited to get going—more like a few weeks in. It may take six weeks to notice more muscle or better endurance, but how do you get through that time without losing hope?
Squatting seems so complicated when somebody is telling you all the things that can go wrong—knees behind toes! Butt farther down! Head up! But not too up! If you’re following our challenge, you’re probably doing a lot more squats than you ever have before, so let’s talk about how we’re doing them.
Squats can be as hard or as easy as you want them to be. If you’re doing 100 a day, you may need to ease up to be able to get your quota in without making yourself too sore. And if you’re a total beginner, you may find the simplest squats to be more than enough of a challenge. Here are a few to try:
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We’re bringing the June fitness challenge home to a glorious conclusion today. Have you done burpees every single day? (Just some days? Hey, better than nothing.) I’m using some of my newfound strength for a grand finale—you should too.
Get ready for strong legs and a poppin’ butt, because July’s fitness challenge is squats! This is the classic lower body exercise for a reason: squats build pretty much every muscle below the waist, and there are tons of variations for all fitness levels.
Long before I noticed any fitness benefits of doing burpees every morning, I noticed something else: I really, really, did not want to get out of bed. Because once I got out of bed, I would have to do my burpees.
Hey friends, how’s the burpee challenge going? Today I’ve got some modifications that will be perfect if the burpees haven’t been agreeing with you, or if you’re doing fine but you’d like to rope in a friend who has some doubts.
Hiking with a backpack is a heck of a lot more work than hiking without one. It feels harder, but also you’re burning more calories—which is important to know as you’re planning your snacks and meals for the trip.
I’ve been doing at least 10 burpees every morning since we started the burpee challenge. (One day of 10, actually, and the rest at least 30.) I’ve also spent a lot of time thinking “Is this the right way to do a burpee?” and “Is this the best way to do a burpee?”
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Sure, fine, burpees are tough and we hate them. But they are a phenomenal full-body workout, and it won’t kill you to try just one. Maybe two. (Or ten. You know where this is going.) We’re all going to be so strong by the end of the month!
It’s been a month since we began our challenge to find a fitness trail, parcourse, or outdoor workout equipment at a park near you. The one at my park makes for a great full-body workout, and I’ve been running it weekly. What did you find?
I’m not into watches or wristbands, but for the last few weeks I’ve been wearing a fitness tracker on my finger. It knows how long I sleep and detects when I walk or run, and all I’ve gotta do is wear it like jewelry and forget about it.
You can get any level of workout from our fitness trail challenge, no matter what equipment you find. We’ve already discussed a few ways you can modify the exercises to be easier, if that’s what you need, but now let’s talk about how to get even more of a challenge.
We asked you to go in search of fitness trails, and many of you found them in your local parks. But if you’ve looked everywhere and can’t find one, we still have some ideas for some outdoor workouts you can do.
If you’ve ventured out looking for fitness trails for the Lifehacker Fitness Challenge, you may have noticed some mysterious unlabeled equipment. What are you supposed to do with this bar near the ground? This slanted bench? Here are your answers.
It’s a beautiful day and we’re going on an adventure! For the May installment of the Lifehacker Fitness Challenge, your mission is to find a fitness trail (sometimes called a parcourse) near you—they’re often hiding in plain sight.
It’s been a long month but we can finally flop down on our bellies and be done. Did you do planks every day? Did you try them a few times and have fun doing them different ways? If you participated at all, you’re a winner in my book.