The 30 Day Club

Try something new for 30 days . . . it might just change your life

I am not a particularly religious person, but it is still a huge part of many people lives. And if you are not religious but want to explore more or gain better knowledge of something that billions of people all over the globe experience, perhaps a religious related challenge is for you. Here are some:

  1. Read the Bible / Quran / Religious text. Easy (3). Take 30 days and read the scared text of your religion or someone else’s. Here is a list of the Sacred Texts of the Major World’s Religions. Find one and check it out for 30 days.

  2. Pray / Meditate. Easy (1-3). Every day for 30 days take some time to pray. Just one to thirty minutes will do it. Buy a daily prayer or mediation book and use it.

  3. Go to Church. Easy to Average (3-5). Go to or visit a church for a month. Try a new church or go to your own church if you stopped going.

  4. Plan a trip to a Sacred Religious Site. Average to Difficult (5-8). Find an interesting sacred religious site somewhere in the world and plan a trip there. There are many, but here is a list of some of the most famous ones. Obviously, you dont have to go to the site within 30 days, just plan the trip. Make it a goal to have a designation selected and trip planned by the end of the month.

  5. Get involved. Easy to Average (3-5). Dedicate yourself to getting more involved in your church or religious group. Join a small group. Lead a class. Go to a class. Reach out to your fellow members. Do something, anything to get more involved. Try it. You need only commit for 30 days and see how it goes.

Well, after planning to post everyday this month about 30 Day challenges, I dropped the ball. I attended a series of Christmas parties over the past 3 nights – it is that time of the year. And I got back home later and later each night and it took me longer and longer to recover. So I was not able to post the past few days. . . .

And you know what. It’s OK. So I missed a day or two. One important lesson is doing any kind of daily plan – whether is is a 30 day challenge, or weight loss or exercise – is that that you can (and should) start all over again tomorrow. A miss or two doesn’t doom your plan – they happen and it is fine.

So that is my lesson for today. I am still dragging a bit and am going to bed early tonight to get some rest. But I did want to post. I didn’t want to miss another one. It is when you miss a few consecutive days is when you get in rouble.

So, if you miss, always remember hat tomorrow is a new day. And you can start anew….

Here are five 30 day challenges that involve exercise

  1. Run a 5k. Average to Difficult (4-8, depending on fitness level). This is a classic challenge and, truly, most people starting at average fitness can run a 5K with 30 days of training. If you dont exercise at all, you may need a little more time, but you can certainly get started or make it a 60 day challenge. Couch to 5K is a popular plan, and there are even apps for it.

  2. Walk every day – Easy (3). Just get out and go for a walk every day for a month, or maybe 5 days a week for a month (2 rest days). Walking is one of the best exercises for you and it is easy to do. You could also set a mileage goal for a month, weekly, or daily.

  3. Daily Calisthenics (Push ups, Abs, etc . . ). Easy to Average (3-6). Commit to doing some basic calisthenics every day (or 5 days a week) for a month. You will feel better and it does not require an equipment and takes only 5-15 mins tops. It is something you could easy add to your daily routine – even the under-busy.

  4. Daily Steps. Easy (3). Similar to dedicated walking, this is also walking, but often without a dedicated walk. Just commit to taking XXXXX number of steps each day (7500, 10000, etc . . . ) Dont overcommit yourself at first. Make sure it is something you can do consistently for 30 days. Fitness trackers and watches make this quite a bit easier than it was in the past.

  5. Strength Training. (Average (5-7). Commit to a strength training regime for 30 days and see how you feel at the end of it. My guess is much better. Too make it easier buy some at home dumbbells so you dont even have to go to a gym, can do it in your living room. I can recommend the Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbells, but anything will work. Start getting big and bulky in 30 days!


Here are five 30 day challenges that involve food.

  1. Skip breakfast. Easy (2). You could skip breakfast everyday for a month and see how that works for you. Some may like it, some not. I know many people who only have a cup of coffee until noon.

  2. Eat breakfast every day. Easy (1). The reverse of skipping. Make sure you eat something for breakfast every day for a month. Can be something small or big, but make sure you get some food in your stomach. You may feel better.

  3. Try fasting. Average to Difficult (5-8). Fasting is all the current rage. I recommend looking at Dr. Fung’s videos and books, but there are a lot of great fasting resources out there. Try it for 30 days. Try different types of fasting. It can and does work for some.

  4. Stop eating French fries. Easy (2-3). This is a sneaky easy way to I prove your diet. Fresh Fries are an American fast food staple. Give them up for a month and see how you feel. Get the fruit cup instead.

  5. Drink water. Easy (2). Water can fill you up, suppress hunger, and is good for you. Drink a certain number of glasses a day a day for a month. See how it make you feel.


Ready to join the 30 day Club?

Well, you first have to pick something to do for 30 consecutive days or a goal to complete in 30 days. It can be as easy or as hard as you want. My first 30 day challenge is to provide a list of challenges daily that anyone can do to join the Club. By the end of the month, we should have plenty of options or ideas for Club members to choose from.

Each challenge will be rated as Easy, Average, or Difficult, and also have a rating on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the easiest, 10 being the most difficult. Think brushing your teeth as a 1, and writing a novel as a 9 or 10. Keep coming back to site because I will be slowly adding them all after posting to an idea page. I will try to do 5 a day. If so, I will have over 180 challenge ideas by the end of the month.

Here are my Day One ideas for a 30 day challenge.

  1. Check and track your weight every day. Easy (1). Benefits. if you track something, you can better understand it, then control or change it.

  2. Journal every day. Easy (3). Benefits. Improve your writing, introspection, clearer thinking. Etc-

  3. Blog every day. Average to Difficult (5-8). Harder than you think, but you could make it as simple as positing a picture a day, to as hard as writing a 2500 word post daily.

  4. Have a Movie Month. Easy to Average (3-6). Do you have a list of movies you have always wanted to see? Or would you like to watch every Best Picture winning movie from the 1930s forward. You can do it as a challenge. Watch a movie a day, or a dah on the weekends, or 3 says a week, whatever works for you.

  5. Read a book. Easy to Average (4-7). Like the Movie Month, read a book or books that you have always wanted to read. Have you it read a book in a while? Do it next month. Just carve out some daily time and read a chapter a day, 50 pages a day, or whatever it takes to get through your book(s).

That’s it for today. More ideas coming tomorrow.


Here we go. Getting ready to change your life . . or at least your month.

Welcome to the 30 Day Club

You may have heard about Matt Cutts famous TED talk a decade ago about trying something new for just 30 days. Try something you always wanted to do. Try something you were afraid of committing to. Try something out of character. Or stop doing something for 30 days.

Thirty days is long enough to give you a feel for what yo are trying to do or not do, but it is not a full on commitment. With the short 30 day deadline, you are committing yourself, but also giving yourself an out.


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