One Year of Challenges - Half Way Through January's 100 Squats a Day
100 Squats a Day in January
I’m half way through my first challenge of 2019. So far I’ve done 100 Squats a day for 16 consecutive days. For half of these days I’ve been in Mexico on vacation with my family & extended family.
I chose to do 100 squats a day in January partly because I knew it would be doable but I didn’t realize how easy it is to get in this quick bit of exercise daily. Whether at home or on vacation, I usually do my squats first thing in the morning. And when I do - I find I have a sense of lightness for the rest of the day. And I seem to make healthier choices throughout the day.
The first few days I did two sets of 35 squats, then a set of 30. By Day Five I was doing two sets of 50 with a minute rest in between. Some days I get to 50 and it feels like I’ve only done 30 squats... but there have been a few days where I’ve struggled to push the last 10 squats of each set.
I can’t say there has actually been any changes in my body, but my mind is beginning to shift. We just spent 9 days in Mexico and by the end I was confident enough in my body that I posted a video of me doing squats in a bathing suit. I've even posted the picture here... to live on the internet forever. Eek! That’s a pretty big achievement for me and I’m proud of myself.
I’m looking forward to the next 15 days of 100 squats and any shifts that might occur.
To those of you that have joined me in this challenge... Good job! Keep it up and keep sending me your progress. If you want to start now, it's not too late.
HOW TO SQUAT SAFELY (see sketch above)
- Stand with your feet a little wider than hip-width apart.
- Keep your back straight as you hinge your hips back and bend your knees. Lower your butt down as if you were sitting in a chair.
- At the bottom of your squat, make sure your knees are in line with your feet, not bowing outward or caving inward or going past your toes. If your knees are coming too far forward - shift more weight into your heels (your glutes will fire more, too!)
- Press firmly through your feet as you stand back up.
To all of you cheering me on through our Instagram Stories... thank you so much. You’re keeping me inspired and uplifted. If you haven't watched our stories or followed up on Instagram, you can find us @LoveMyMat
Wishing you lots of love & luck in 2019!