After weeks of celebrating the holidays, the start of the New Year feels like a clean slate to dive back into your health and fitness goals. However, many people come up short on their resolutions because they don’t have a set of guidelines to follow. After all, it’s one thing to say ‘I want to lose weight’ or ‘I want to build strength’ or ‘I want to be more balanced’ — and it’s another to take the necessary steps to be successful.
That’s why we are thrilled to introduce the MaxiClimber 75 Max Challenge. We’ve teamed with our top trainers to develop an easy-to-follow yet challenging plan that will help you make progress in the first 75 days of the year. That’s right: by springtime, you’ll feel stronger and healthier than ever.
To join us, sign up for our MaxiClimber Private Facebook Group here. And follow these seven steps to make 2022 your best year yet:
Step 1: Follow a nutritional plan.
While MaxiClimber provides a full-body workout that improves your endurance, flexibility and power, exercise is only one component of being healthy. Eating a balanced, nutrition-rich diet will give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to perform. However, fad diets fail all too often since they impose super-strict restrictions or limitations that leave you hungry, exhausted, or both. The key is to make small yet meaningful changes that create a sustainable lifestyle change.
As part of MaxiClimber’s 75 Max Challenge, we suggest you implement a few (or all!) of the following tips:
-Give up fast food
-Avoid drinking your calories
-Cut back on alcohol consumption
-Practice intermittent fasting
-Increase your protein and vegetable intake
-Limit and moderate sugar and processed foods
-Practice meal prep
Step 2: Exercise twice a day.
Yep, you read that correctly: two workouts every day for 75 days. At first glance, it might seem impossible. But the significant benefit of MaxiClimber is that you don’t need to exercise for a lengthy period of time to see results. Instead, as part of our 75 Max Challenge, we recommend simply doing the following daily:
-Do a 20-minute MaxiClimber workout
-Go for a 20-minute walk outside.
If the weather outside is frightful in the first few months of the year where you live, and you cannot always enjoy the great outdoors, there are plenty of alternatives. You can work out next to a window, do a second MaxiClimber workout, lift weights or do a bodyweight workout or even clean vigorously around your home to raise your heart rate. The goal is to keep moving!
Step 3: Drink four liters of water per day.
Not-so-fun fact: most of us are chronically dehydrated. Generally speaking, we need our body weight in ounces every single day, so if you weigh 140 pounds, you need 140 ounces of H20. As part of the MaxiClimber 75 Max Challenge, we are pushing you to down at least four liters of water to keep your system flowing and healthy. If water gets boring after a while (we feel ya), consider adding lemon, cucumber or other fruits and herbs to switch up the flavor.
Step 4: Take a break from screens for 10 minutes a day.
With more and more professionals working remotely, you are likely spending more time in front of your computer, phone or tablet than ever before. Not to mention, the colder weather season tends to require us to spend more time indoors, where we’re tempted to tune-in to another episode on Netflix or Hulu, or scroll through Instagram or TikTok. However, mental health and disconnecting is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.
Our MaxiClimber 75 Max Challenge encourages you to spend at least 10 minutes each day completely screen-free. During this time, consider these alternative activities:
-Read a book or articles in a magazine or newspaper
-Listen to a podcast or music
-Write in a journal
-Take your time cooking
-Have a face-to-face conversation with a loved one
Step 5: Take a five-minute cold shower daily
A cold shower might not seem like it has anything to do with your health. And it probably sounds less than enjoyable. However, there are a slew of benefits:
-It stimulates your anti-depression hormones and your immune system.
-It lowers your cortisol and pain levels.
-It increases your alertness and circulation.
-It accelerates your metabolism.
-It decreases inflammation, swelling and muscle soreness.
Additionally, cold showers can also improve the texture and shine of your hair, open and clean your pores, tighten your skin, and reduce hair loss.
However, you probably won’t be able to hop in the shower on day 1 and hang out in the cold for five minutes. That’s okay! Start with 20 seconds and gradually work your way up. Might we suggest doing this after your MaxiClimber workout, when you’ll already be hot and sweaty, so it’ll feel nice?
Step 6: Track your progress.
One of the reasons many people fail on their health and fitness goals is because they expect to see a big improvement overnight. Much like gaining weight or losing muscle, it takes time to build up. That’s why part of the MaxiClimber 75 Max Challenge is to track your progress in a way that makes sense to you. There is no one-size-fits-all for goal-setting and goal-meeting, so figure out what keeps you motivated. Some ideas include:
-Take a pair of old jeans that don’t fit wonderfully, try them on day one, store them in your closet and try them on each week to see your changes.
-Take weekly photos.
-Weigh yourself on day one and day 75. Try to resist weighing in throughout.
Step 7: Set a morning routine.
Last but not least, make your morning your ‘you’ time. Rather than hitting snooze a few times and starting your day off in a panic, develop a routine that sets a positive tone. This can be your time when you work out or you prep for the hours ahead. Whatever will provide you with the most energy, tap into it. Our ideas include:
-Waking up at least ten minutes earlier, without snoozing.
-Make your bed to feel instant accomplishment.
-Avoid your phone and email until you go through your routine.
-Set an intention for your day while drinking a glass of water.
-Right out your top priorities of the day.
-Eat a healthy breakfast.
-Hop on your MaxiClimber for your 20-minute workout.