So, what is this 13 days 13 night challenge I keep talking about?
It all started one day while I was literally sitting on my ass at home. It hit me suddenly that I’d yet to use my ClassPass membership that month! So, with 13 days left in the cycle, I decided to get my money’s worth (plus make-up for my laziness earlier in the month) and work out once a day– nah, twice a day! Then, since misery loves company, I hopped on Twitter and asked my followers to join me.
One simple tweet was all it took, and so began what we now know as #13Days13Nights.
My good friend Anna from Toronto was the first to jump on board, followed by my friend Steph from Cleveland. Hailing from different cities, we relied upon the honor system and social media to share our commitment to the workouts. No, I wasn’t doing this for some dramatic quick fix or to lose weight for an event– I honestly just wanted to challenge myself. I wanted to see if I could actually do it.
I’m sure most of you are thinking, 2 workouts per day, for 13 days straight, with no recovery in between?? That’s crazy, Kirsy… But it’s more than that! It’s more than just exhausting yourself til you’re weak. It’s about getting up– forcing yourself to get moving! It’s about making daily workouts a lifestyle, rather than a punishment.
I had to learn (quickly) how to balance 2 workouts a day on top of my already busy schedule. I also had to learn how to properly workout so that I wouldn’t be too tired the next day. Little things helped A LOT– like doing yoga on recovery days, or using my Nike Training app (NTC) at home on days so busy I couldn’t get to the gym or studio!
Overall, it was HARD. Some days after work I couldn’t fathom doing a single push-up, let alone two workouts… but knowing Anna, Steph, my friends & all of you guys on social media were holding me accountable really helped to motivate me. This challenge started as a way to make the most of a ClassPass membership that I’d already paid for, but it’s grown to be so much more. I want it to be fun, challenging, and inspiring! I want to know we’re all in this together. I want to check the hashtag on Twitter & IG and see everyone encouraging and pushing each other. So don’t be shy; don’t be intimidated. You truly can do this– and we will be there with you every step of the way.
So join us for the next cycle, which starts Tuesday, September 1st. Yes… tomorrow!!
Since this is the second cycle of #13Day13Nights, Anna, Steph and I have put together a list of simple tips, tricks, do’s and don’t’s for you (that we may or may not have learned the hard way…).
- Do challenge yourself. If you cheat, you’re only cheating yourself and wasting your own time. Sure, you can post a fake pic or do a half-assed workout and not get caught. But then what’s the point?
- Don’t over do it. The adrenaline may have you feeling super ambitious at times. While it’s great to be enthusiastic, it’s also easy to overdo it which may leave you feeling burnt out, or worse, injured.
- Do fight the soreness. Soreness happens. It means your body is working and recovering.
- Don’t fight through injury. It’s one thing to push yourself but make sure to take care. An injury can take you out of the game altogether.
- Do listen to your body. Your body will tell you everything you need to know and it goes beyond pain. My skin was breaking out, I could hardly stay awake and I was getting sick – signs I needed to slow down.
- Don’t procrastinate. Schedule your workouts in advance so you aren’t scrambling at 11:30pm to get it in. There are 24 hours in a day – an hour is only 4% of that. Squeeze that time in somewhere.
- Do take (active) recovery days. Rest is important. Your body needs time to recover. Use yoga as an active recovery exercise to stretch your body while still challenging you. Also, get familiar with foam rollers.
- Don’t snooze/take a nap. In most cases, the temptation of your comfortable bed may empower your will to get up. Just avoid the temptation and knock it out of the way before other excuses come up.
- Do focus on fuel. All of this exercise requires you to fuel your body with the right nutrients otherwise you will feel depleted and weaken your immune system. This is not the time to go on a juice cleanse.
- Don’t forget to hydrate. Your body needs water to survive. Make sure to drink at least 8 glasses a day and also replenish your electrolytes for energy.