If the algorithm led you straight to the centre of FitTok, you’ve probably seen some posts about the 75 HARD challenge. The goal of this challenge is to complete 75 of FitTok’s most challenging workouts.
This fitness challenge, which can be found using hashtags like #75Hard and #75HardChallenge, has naturally spawned viral content like side-by-side comparisons of before and after transformations and bare chests.
But does the 75 HARD challenge actually live up to its name? Experts in the fields of exercise science, nutrition, and psychology weigh in on an online trend that’s only going to grow in popularity as we get closer to the year 2022).
75 HARD: An Introductory Look
Physical and mental toughness are put to the test over the course of 75 days in The 75 HARD Challenge, which includes a number of different exercises and diet plans.
Possible upsides to doing a HARD 75
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that maintaining such habits can lead to numerous health benefits, including better immunity, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, and better skin, teeth, and gums.
If you consistently drink at least a gallon of water per day, you can avoid the irritability, fatigue, and dizziness that come from being dehydrated.
Another possible benefit of resolving this problem? That it is so rigid. ‘Some people do incredibly well with more rigid programmes,’ says Matheny. They feel it imposes an enormous amount of responsibility on them.
Where to begin your own personal 75 HARD experience
Give some thought to your end goal
First things first, take a seat and think carefully about the resolutions you’ve made for the coming year. Is strengthening your mind your top priority right now? If this describes you, then you ought to give live hard program phase 1 a try, especially if you do well in structured, regimented settings.
However, there are many other options available to you if you have a different goal in mind or if you find that you perform better in programmes that are only moderately restrictive.
Consult a doctor if you’re worried
In fact, it’s best if you talk about your worries with your primary care physician, a nutritionist, and a certified fitness instructor. After all, merely deciding that you want to take part in the 75 HARD challenge is not enough. You’ll want to figure out how to do it in a way that’s practical, accessible, and in keeping with your personal health objectives.
Acquire the stuff you need
Making investments in gear that will allow you to do outdoor workouts in comfort and safety is another way to put yourself in a position to succeed. It could mean buying a tank top that dries quickly and an umbrella in the middle of summer or crampons for your hiking boots and a real winter coat in the middle of winter.
Utilize the people who are already following you
So, to speak frankly: Seventy-five days is a long time for anything, but it’s especially long to devote to rigorous self-denial.
It is much easier to push through moments of doubt or temptation if you have the support of your accountability partners, whether they are fit friends or family members. Having fit friends or family members can be an inspiration on your fitness journey. Take the plunge and tell a few trusted people back home that you’re going on this adventure.
The year will start off tough with 75 Hard. Your goal, as with any other health-related endeavour, should be to maximise its positive effects rather than to waste time and energy on things that are impractical or counterproductive.