Great question. Activating a muscle group helps to build strength and endurance in that area. When I say “activate” I really just mean engage or use. I want you to squeeze all of the muscles in the focus area every time I say ‘activate’. You still want to be able to breathe and function normally, so please don’t squeeze so hard it impedes your ability to function.

You can start the two-week challenge any time that is suitable to you! That could be a Monday, Wednesday, Summer, Winter, it’s entirely up to you and your schedule. However, once you do start, you must complete each day in sequential order.

I recommend you attempt to complete each workout as scheduled for optimal results. However, this is your journey and if for whatever reason you cannot complete a particular workout, that’s OK too.

At the end of the day, only you know what your body needs. If you need to add a rest day in between workouts, that’s totally fine. Just pick up from where you left off when you can.

This really depends on you and your lifestyle. The time you have available to workout will differ for everyone, so the best time to workout is anytime you can set aside where there will be no distractions or interruptions. This is you time so make the most of it.


  • Donna

    Is there going to be a different 14 day challenge, or do I repeat the first one ?

    I really enjoyed this challenge. I was surprised – it all felt relatively easy, peasy but I felt it the next day !

  • Shani Parkin

    Hello from Florida! I’m on Day 4 of the challenge and lovin’ it, thanks Schellea! Have an amazing day everyone.

  • Colette Cabessa

    I just started to follow your exercises videos and I love them. I am on the 11th day of the 14 challenge. I love the fact that these 14 days are versatile. I don’t get bored and I look forward to the next day. I would like to continue to repeat the 14 days challenge, until you come up with similar challenge exercises for a longer period of time. I do three videos on toning arms two with dumbells and one without + one of the 14 days. All together, I do an hour and half exercises every day. I need to tone my arms. Which videos would you recommend? After the 14 days challenge, will you be making similar video? If not what would you recommend to continue with daily exercises to lose weight?

  • Lisa

    One more day to go ;-). I feel wonderful. Thank you!!!!!

  • Jay

    I enjoy your 14 day challenge. As soon as I wake up in the morning I start my day with your 14 day’s work out plus additional workouts. For eg I do arms, knees, belly, legs, balancing and walking work outs extracted from your website everyday. Am I doing too much? I am now 63 yrs. feel happy that my body can take more than the 14 day challenge. Thanks Schellea for your hard work. I also want to try hula hooping very soon.
    Lots of love from Jay -London

  • Carla

    Day 13, feeling great! Thank you so much Shellea ❤

  • Lauri

    Hi There! Thank you so much for this exercise resource! Will it continue to be available after the 14day period? I got a little off track and would like to start from scratch!

  • Carolyn Gregg

    Having trouble finding images to set up planner started july 24 have been doing everyday same thing please Help

  • Yvonne

    Thank you so much.. I’m feeling so full of energy and motivated now. I’m down six pounds and I’m so excited. Right now I’m on day 11.. is 14 day challenges excellent.

  • Monica Field

    Hi Shellea, I’m loving every minute of this. You know how to motivate us and keep us going! One question: the third video for Day 8 was listed as “20 Minute Balance Over 50,” however, now it has changed to “10 Minute Daily Stretch.” Could you please explain what’s happening? Am I in the right 14 Day Challenge? Thank you very much.

  • Linae

    Loving these workouts so much that I want to start it over when I reach day 14 so I can do a 28 day! So curious to see how I will feel after 28;days because you say we should be working out everyday and I didn’t think that was possible but with your workouts it is! Thanks so much!!! ❤️🤗

  • Vrinda

    Hello Shellea..with regards to the first video of the 2nd week challenge…..the last routine is 20 minutes balance work out but when u click on the video it takes you to 10 minutes strech work out…just want bring it to your notice….thank you…lots of love Vrinda

  • Rosemarie Federle

    Day 7😍I Love my workouts thank you Schellea 🌞

  • Mandy Hunt

    Had a terrible bout of vertigo in late May, decided to take control of that and the menopause symptoms, have worked out pretty much every day since the 15 June, not seeing effects on scales but feeling the effects everywhere, thanks for inspiring me and this is now part of every day x

  • BB

    Go Schellea, I’ve been working out with you since June 11th and now half way through the `14 day challenge. Loving it. Will you do a routine for back fat some time.
    Thank you for everything. PS PLEASE tell where you get the fab workout tops with the slit in front??? Gotta get one!

  • Crystal

    Ive been enjoying these workouts since April, I think and was wishing for more – and here it is! The Challenge came at just the right time! I officially started Day One on Monday and I feel good about this new and fun commitment! The variety is really good, too. Thank you!!

  • Patricia Thompson

    I am having SO MUCH FUN with this challenge. I think we should do it several times each year! Maybe quarterly. Schellea, you don’t have to record different videos, you have so many good ones already. I like having a plan each day, and I usually do more than is suggested.

    I especially like the walking workouts. I walk outside every day, so I didn’t think I need them, but they are very, very, fun and good for me!!


  • Barbara

    I have finished the first week! I found day 5 workout to be the hardest one for me! Excited to start week 2 of the 14 day challenge.

  • Åsa

    Awesome challenge, and great to be able do the days when it fits you. Since lockdown I joined your youtube workouts for my exercise. Greetings and thank you from Sweden! You are fabolous!

  • Carol

    Thank you

  • Sandra

    Thank you so much for your video’s! I started the 14-day challenge 5 days ago and have been exercising every morning until today. Never, in my whole life, I have been exercising 5 days in a row! Feeling good about myself and grateful for your support and motivation.

  • Kimberly

    Can’t believe the challenge is almost 1/2 way over! Been doing all the exercising and always look forward to the next day. I’ve never been able to stick with an exercise program before, until now. Also, you are right – smiling while you work out really does help! Never would have thought of it. You are just full of great ideas! I am 66 with lots of weight to lose, but after doing your programs since March, I am well on my way to making a difference in my life. When this pandemic is finally over and I return to church, I can’t wait to see everyone’s reaction when I have dropped down a few dress sizes!

  • Margaret

    I just recently started doing your workouts and I love them. This is exactly the workout routine that I need and its fabulous! Thank you Schellea!

  • emmaenglishweb

    I’ve been doing your workouts since lockdown started. Now I’ve well and truly got the exercise habit and am loving this challenge. Finding it hard to shift weight due to menopause, but since starting this challenge, it’s finally starting to reduce. Thank you ❤❤❤

  • Beth

    I am absolutely LOVING this! I first found Fabulous 50s back in early May and have worked out with you every day since. Even the challenge day I “took off” (it was near 100 degrees here and I have no a/c) I still did a couple of the stretching ones and a floor workout. I can really tell how my body has “tightened up” and that my strength and stamina have definitely increased. And at age 70, I’m here to tell you that’s pretty fabulous! Thanks, Schellea!

  • Margaret Mclean

    Been doing your workouts since lockdown and loving the variety.So when your fourteen day challenge came up I decided to give that a go also and enjoying doing it. To be honest I think I’m now addicted to exercise as I do them everyday, if I miss a day I do double the next day whether it’s the challenge or just daily workout. Thankyou so much from sunny Glasgow Scotland

  • Gloria Boden

    I just wanted to tell you that at the end of the first day of the 14-Day Challenge, when I placed my hands on my face I felt a release and then sobbed for a few seconds! What?! Anyone else, or do I need professional intervention? Actually, I am enjoying these routines so much. Each day is different and not just a repeat of the day before. For someone who thrives on variety, that works for me! Thanks for doing these for us!

  • Yolanda

    Love this challenge! I think when I,m done with it, I‘ll start over again.😄
    You have taken out all the guess work and I can just have fun with it!
    Thanks for this fantastic idea! Your the best, Shellea!!! 🥰

  • Sherrie Pasarell

    July 29, just finished Day 6 vids. ( started Day 1 last Friday). Not only that, I’m happy to report, I felt so good & able, that yes, I did a whole extra one! I did the one Shellea suggests for next if you feel up to it That was “ 10 minute tone your arm workout with weights ..” As she says, you can leave off the weights
    Thanks, Schellea!💐

  • Annie

    Hi Schellea – I have started your fantastic 14-day challenge with my partner, we are doing it together. We thought to let you know that during your 1/2 time break there was a ‘earwax’ video that went on for well over 5 minutes and it ended up with us warming down somewhat. The whole advert thing may be outside of your control but we thought to inform you in any case. We love your videos, your energy and your outlook. Very cool. Thanks! Annie

  • Annie Mazariegos

    Hi I am going fantástico just in schedule. Thank you

  • Karen

    Your 14 day challenge is really helping me to be disciplined with daily exercise. I have rheumatoid arthritis and been looking for workouts that aren’t high impact, yours are perfect the only thing I haven’t been able to do is downward dog dur to wrist and ankle damage. Feeling better physically and mentally after day 6, thank you.

  • Michele Smith

    Made it through Day 1

  • Patti

    Finally!! A program that I am able to stick to, and enjoy!! Love your videos. Thank you .. I already feel better!

  • Cynthia Hearn

    Hi. on my day 2 and so far, is definitely a kick butt!!

  • Julie

    Day 5 today and boy my Abs have woken up!!!! Great work and as you say so very doable ☺️ xx

  • Avneet Nahal

    Absolutely brilliant…thank you. You have made such a difference to my life and change my perception of Exercise.. It is actually fun and I can do it!!!!!!! Loving the challenge so far from UK

  • Annette

    Day 2 completed! Feeling energized and ready to start the day!

  • Emily

    I’ve always hated exercise and but I’ve been motivated since I started your workouts. They are bite-size so I do one and then I do another and another and just stop when I’ve had enough. I’ve felt some benefit from it too.

  • Feride

    I have never been in favour of vigorous exercise programmes. Whatever your age is they only offer unnecessary stress which does more harm than good. Little has changed biologically since we have become erect. What we need is ‘continuous activity’ which is not too strenuous. I have been following the 14 day challenge and I am very much enjoying it. It works the major muscle groups gives a little bit of heart rate and sweat. That is all we need….Thank you.

  • Lynne

    Love this challenge missed couple days so dine them all to day just swapping tues and thurs to Mona day thurs as do aerobic hit and power classes three times a week

  • Sonia Hanson

    I have been doing your walking work out for about a month. I have gone from 200+ to under 200. Reached that goal this week. Now that I’m doing you workout on a daily bases. I would love to see different levels of intensity in each move low/med/high to challenge myself. there are moves I could not do a month ago like standing on my toes for
    30 seconds. I did that one for all the 30 seconds for the first time today. Love all the walk and toning in one workout. AWSOME!!!!! I need to loss more and I know if I stick to your workouts everyday. It will happen. I lose 1 to 3 pounds a month and I keeps going down.

  • Dolores

    This is so great 👍… I watched your videos before but this challenge has me motivated and working out every day! You are amazing!

  • Philippa Stanton

    This is a fabulous challenge. I’ve been doing the exercise videos every day and am already seeing and feeling a big difference. Thank you so much once again

  • Paula Malone

    started on day 1 today!

  • Lisa

    I enjoy your workouts,

  • Sandra

    Thank you for all of your love and dedication to keeping us “wise ladies” fit and active. I love the 14 day challenge and the variety of exercises!

  • SJ

    Enjoying the challenge—thanks for keeping me accountable!

  • Chris Stevens

    Came across your site early in lockdown and have been doing your routines pretty much every day. My husband is amazed I have stuck with it. Have got weights now and a mat. Lost 2 inches off my waist. Yay! Thanks for your inspiration. 🥰🥰

  • Darlene Vandermey

    Thanks so much for the 14 day challenge!! Doing it! I am active, cycle, do yoga, strength and balance classes and am enjoying your workouts immensely, oh and I am 72 years young!!

  • Sharon Ann Thompson

    I am not yet 50 until Aug 24, But I found that these workout are a lot better then the other ones I use to day. I started the 14 challenge workout today.
    Thanks Sharon.

  • CM-F

    I made it through Day 1 . Thank God for that

  • Lean

    Thank you Schellea for this 2 week commitment. I thought the music for day 1 walk was a bit slow and I’m 65. Looking to get my bat wings in shape before my daughters wedding. I’ve done a few of yours but any additional help from anyone is greatly appreciated. I love your workouts!

  • Theresa Eaton

    Just completed day 4 and ready to start the day. I am so enjoying the new routines : a mixture of new and older exercises for fitness and well-being. Today not only was l treated to my favourite stretch but introduced to a new longer routine too which l think is fabulous. For those ladies that want more then Schell has made many videos, simply add them to a play list! This challenge is accompanying me to North Devon next week…. Not giving up even on my holiday…… Keep them coming👍😁😎

  • Lorelle Wolski

    Love your workouts really designed for over 50s, taking part in the 14 day challenge.

  • Sylvia Farry

    I started the challenge on Saturday but have been doing your workouts for a few months at least .

  • Amber R Kane

    I am glad I am doing this,but need some modifiers for the Runner Stretch and Cat Cow. I am not very good at it. This is my third day I do feel good. This is my 10th day without pop.Trying to feel better.

  • Mairead Madden

    Thank you for sharing so much of your wonderful energy and spirit.

    See ya at the challenge.

    Old long in the tooth challenger!

  • Joni

    You have helped me during this challenging time. Thank you for your efforts. Truly appreciated!

  • C

    Thank you so much 😊 I am having so much fun doing this challenge! It really gives me something to look forward to 😊 thank you again. Sending love and a warm hug right to you! Christine

  • Faith

    Thanks! I love the 2 week challenge. I feel better. Your encouragement helps tremendously.

  • Sue Smith

    I am going to start today just a little late to the Party!!!
    So fun…💃🏼

  • cybil

    Love your workouts & you tube channels thank you

  • Tracy

    Thank you for your workouts I started today. I felt great after the workout, hope this will keep me motivated to continue. Thanks again You look fabulous

  • Maria Martinez

    I just want to say Thank You so much, I’m 52 and just started working out on a daily basis since the end of March, looking forward to do this 14 day challenge and see the results!!


    I have always been active in my life. But I have found, however, that now that I am in my 50s, I need to modify my workout along with: how I take care of myself, how I dress, how I wear makeup and how I view my life all together. I have discovered joy and satisfaction in that I do NOT need to compete and “be an athlete” anymore. By watching you, Schell, I have found myself being ever so grateful for this mighty body that has carried my spirit for these many years, for creating 3 men, for starting over from zero when I divorced and for feeling totally comfortable in a bikini:) I welcome this challenge with enthusiasm and joy!

  • neeru

    My mom and I are enjoying this challenge…my mom is on a real high, she is 72 and feels more energetic and looks forward

  • Diane Eckert Kunick

    Does it matter which order we do the three daily work outs in? If so should we start left to right?

  • Kim Mitchell

    thank you for doing this, it really helps.I like just following the schedule.

  • Cheri

    First love your channel and you! I have been using your videos..I was excited for this challenge but was disappointed already 😢 sorry to say! Can you please try using some different music in your videos and this isn’t much of a challenge especially today..it’s only the third day and it’s only really a 6 minute AB workout. I’m finding it very difficult to get motivated. I know you took a poll and people said on Saturday & Sunday they wanted light but not the second and third day maybe starting next weekend would have been better! Please please new songs!!

  • Y Allen

    So glad I’ve found your website and your YouTube channel. You’ve inspired me to do regular exercise and I am really enjoying. Thank you, you’re amazing 👏

  • Marion

    I would like to thank you Schellea for your inspiration. You are a bright light shining at the start of my day. I am in NZ but my partner has had to remain in the USA from Feb until Nov due to covid19 and work commitments. My trip to the Uk to see my elderly mother and daughter has been put on hold. The upside we are all managing to stay in contact thanks to the internet! You have helped to keep me upbeat during a difficult period and reminded me of what is important in life.You are a star…. and now to start the challenge tomorrow morning!

  • Patricia Thompson

    Thanks so much for doing this, Schellea! I’m committed to doing all three videos and more every day. I already exercise every day, but now I am trying some of your routines that I have never done before. Your encouragement is very meaningful!!!

  • Mary Winter

    Showing the floor exercises on a chair would help those of us that can’t get down to the floor yet. 🙂

  • Tracie Elizabeth Bateup

    Really excited about this 14 day challenge! So far its brilliant. Looking forward to seeing the results. Thank you 🙂

  • Michele Chamberlain

    Greetings from Massachusetts! I just did day 1. I just turned 50 and moderately fit, but I felt it was a really productive work out! Very relaxed now after the cool down and ready to start my day feeling amazing. So grateful to have found your website. 🙂

  • Tanya Rabie

    Good day. I still can’t open the videos. It just gives me the downloadable schedule. Please help.

  • Desiree

    Hello, when I click the workout icon on the playlist it doesn’t open. Help!!

  • Emily

    Thanks! Just starting today!

  • carolynn

    Ty very much for the Fabulous 50s. I am 68 years old and I starting doing your exercise about 2 months ago. Love them they are not really hard to do and I have lost weight and doing the arm exercises they look so much better. When I am done exercise I do your 5 min stretch to cool down.

  • Hazel Martin

    Love these workouts thank you❤️

  • Tina

    Hi. Just wondering why I can’t view week 1. Thanks 😊

  • Maureen

    I absolutely love your fabulous 50s exercises. Now that I have found you I enjoy doing some of your classes as often as possible. Thank you so much for making exercise fun 😊

  • Carol

    I can see the days play list for the challenge but – do I work from right to left on the different activities (as I understand it’s good to stretch before a workout), or do I work from left to right?

  • CHRIS shaw

    Schellea you need to make an App..so we can have it on our phones and iPads all the time..there is so much on YouTube having your very own app would be fabulous. 🤗

  • Angelina

    I just did it, but I add more videos to it, 20 minutes isn’t enough time for me… It’ really works…you should put up a 45 minute workout.

  • Terry

    Thanks for this great challenge.
    I have a question about the order of the workouts. Are we doing them from left to right?

  • Annette

    1st day was great 😊

  • Maureen Arnold

    Hi, I am enjoying the 14 day challenge! I would really love to print the planner but I am unable to download it. I was wondering if anyone else was having the same problem. If so can you help me? Thank you

  • Melissa

    not able to print the accountablility planner. I put requested information and it says: Unable to submit your request. Please contact the website administrator

  • Angela McKeown

    How do I sign up please

  • catherine hegarty

    I tried to download the accountability planner and I couldn’t submit my info

  • Kerrie Challinor

    This is fab Shellea, thankyou so much, this is just perfect for me. I’ll definately be doing it xx

  • Tamara Mitchell

    Looking forward to this challenge! Unfortunately, I get an error message when I try to download the Accountability Planner, I will make up my own.

  • Gill

    Dear Shellea, I just stumbled acroos this challenge by accident yesterday evening..perfect timing! Todays workouts were fab…Thankyou. I love your voice and am delighted to have found you. 😍
    Best wishes from Austria,

  • Linda Little

    Just finished the first day and loved it. I have a suggestion: When I went to youtube, the 1 mile walk was there, and then the arms followed it, but the 3rd set was not the stretch. I find it’s better to go to the actual 14 day site. But, the address to click is located at the bottom of the little blurb under the 1 mile walk. I think a lot of people may be confused about how to get to the 14 day challenge site. You should put the address to click at the beginning of the blurb and emphasize it somehow.

  • Odalyz

    Love it! Thank you Shelly for this challenge 👍🏼👏🌸

  • kathychwedyk

    Just finished day 1 of the 14-day challenge and I am so glad I’m doing this. Workout was challenging and now I have so much energy!

  • Dolly

    Enjoy workouts

  • Dolly

    great first say

  • Debbie Essman

    I did the walk this morning and will finish the workout after I get home from work. Thank you so much! I love your workouts! And, you keep me inspired!

  • Arbee

    Thank you for this! I’m 64, shielding and so needed your kind motivation today!

  • Carolin

    I did your workout plus rode my stationary bike plus walked with my neighbor. I had my 10,000 steps in before 8 am. I love your videos!!

  • Judi Butters-Schlotthauer

    We are loving this! We, my sister and I, have been working out to your videos for a month and so glad we found your videos! We are feeling stronger and more alive!

  • Diane Eckert Kunick

    Awsome, Day one complete.
    Thank you and God Bless

  • Suzanne

    Perfect timing! Thank you. I’m a frontline COVID-19 /trauma healthcare worker. After a first ever meltdown this week of crying I decided I can do this! I can be a light but I have to do a bit more for me. My house husband is awesome but I -me need to do something for me. And here this is.

  • Sal Day

    Started 14 day challenge and love it..

  • Jayne

    That was FABULOUS!!! Thank you🎈

  • Harshadevi

    Started the challenge today and was able to complete all 3 tasks.
    Thankyou Schellea so much❤
    God bless you🙏

  • Vidhyavathi Ramamoorthy

    Do I have to do the workouts in empty stomach or not?

  • Vrinda

    Will start from tomorrow

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