#1Minutechallenge for November - Star Jumps

Who is up for a challenge? Who is ready to test themselves?

For November, the #1MinuteChallenge is based on Star Jumps. Please see my 'Give it Go - Star Jumps' exercise series on how to perform Star Jumps.

Star Jumps are a great whole body exercise, which challenge your Cardiovascular System and work your upper body, core muscles and lower body muscles. Whilst your leg muscles are work by jumping up and down, your arms, chest, shoulders and abdominals are getting a fantastic workout too from reaching up and down. Being able to do Star Jumps correctly is a great test of your strength, cardiovascular fitness and is something many people struggle with.

Star Jumps are a brilliant plyometric and compound exercise because they utilise a wide range of upper, mid and lower body muscles and joints simultaneously. They will help to develop your speed, power and agility.

The aim of the #1MinuteChallenge is to see how many reps of an exercise you can do in 1 minute with correct form and movement. As a minimum, aim to complete the #1MinuteChallenge at least once per week. Ideally, aim to complete it 3 times per week on different days e.g. 1 minute on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you commit to doing the #1MinuteChallenge once per day as a way of getting active then great - as many of my clients do and followers on Twitter.

All you have to do is commit 1 minute of your time to the challenge and give it your best shot. Then record your results and post them on my Facebook page (Matt Swaz Fitness) or on my twitter page (@mattswazfitness) with the hashtag #1MinuteChallenge. The aim is to improve on the number of repetitions you can do as the month progresses. The challenge is open to anybody - spread the word - get friends, family, colleagues involved. Encourage others to take up the challenge and turn it into friendly competition. Be proud of your results and use it as added motivation to improve each time you do the #1MinuteChallenge.

Anybody can commit 1 minute - whether it be each day, every other day or as a minimum once per week. Spend 1 less minute watching TV, playing on the computer etc. See it as an investment in your health. You can do the #1MinuteChallengeas soon as you get up in the morning, whilst on your lunch break etc. You will get a great workout at a high intensity in 1 minute. The aim is to highlight the fact that 'you' do not need much time to get a great workout.

By joining in with the #1MinuteChallenge you will be joining a team, a community of like-minded motivated and determined people. You can track your progress as the month progresses and you can compare your results against others. Crucially you will get support and motivation from others. You can encourage and inspire others to join the #1MinuteChallenge. Spread the word and join the #1MinuteChallenge team.

I will be posting regular reminders of the #1MinuteChallenge and look forward to seeing your results and improvement as the month progresses. So get doing your Star Jumps for November and keep an eye out for the December #1MinuteChallenge.

Any questions please do not hesitate to ask. Enjoy the challenge,


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