January 2018 Fitness Goals

Happy January! At this time of year, it's hard to not think about goals, and especially fitness goals. I fell in love with fitness and exercise a few years ago. In 2015 I decided that I wanted to be a personal trainer to help other people reach their goals too. In 2016 I got certified as an ACE Personal Trainer.

My main goal for this month is to focus on my lower body. I'm a big fan of working out upper body and abs, but I don't always enjoy working out my legs and butt. They get so sore and it makes simple tasks, like walking, a struggle. I decided that I wanted to start working out my lower body more this year, so to start it off, I decided to do a 28 day legs and butt fitness challenge I found on Pinterest!

28 day legs and butt workout challenge

During this challenge, you do workouts for 6 days, then take a rest day. The amount of reps started out pretty low and goes up during the challenge. I love how all three exercises in this challenge are body weight movements. There is not equipment needed, so you don't have to go buy anything or have a gym membership. You can just do these exercises at home anytime of the day.

This challenge includes doing jumping jacks, lunges, and squats. Each of these exercises work out a different part of your butt, or glutes, and they also work your legs, and other muscles. Jumping jacks engage all muscle groups, especially your gluteus medius (the top of your butt), your abs, and legs. Lunges work out your gluteus maximus (a big muscle over the middle of your butt), quadriceps (top of your thighs), hamstrings (back of your thighs), and calves. Squats work out your gluteus medius, (the bottom part of your butt), hamstrings, and quadriceps.
I am on day 14 and can already feel my quads and glutes getting tighter! I'll be honest, I'm extremely sore all the time and have never taken so many baths, but I think this challenge is great. I don't plan to keep working out my lower body this often. I just want to show a little more muscle definition and I want to be able to do squats a couple times a week without feeling so sore after.

Other health and fitness goals of mine this month are to do upper body exercises 2-3 times a week and add a little more protein into my diet after each workout.

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