My 100 Push Ups Challenge!
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Something off the beaten track today. I usually I don’t talk about non-design issues here on Design Sojourn, but as I made a 2008 New Year resolution to lead a healthier and fitter lifestyle, I like to catalog this challenge here to help keep me motivated. Yes, I know its almost September, but better 8 months late than never!
You see, being an office bound designer most of the time has caused me to put on the flab. I have to admit that too many wine and cheese nights, and too little jogging also help! As with most men, the flab has appeared around my chin, torso, stomach, and triceps. Not the dashing designer I strive to be. I supposed you could say that I am trying to re-design my body. Hey it’s related to design after all!
Anyways a fellow Plurker recently highlighted his happiness with the One Hundred Push Ups Challenge and how it has shaped his body. That last bit pique my curiosity.
Push ups are one of the basic and most common exercises for the human body. Push ups are not only great for your chest, but do a tremendous job of defining your abs, triceps, shoulders and torso.
Push ups can be performed no matter where you are, and best of all, they are completely free – no expensive equipment or annual gym fees required! If you’re looking to develop a great chest and shoulders, you could do much worse than follow along with the hundred push ups plan. Your core strength will also go through the roof too!
To improve your strength, fitness and general health all you need to do is commit about 30 minutes of your time per week, and follow the push ups training program as closely as you can. I promise you will feel much better about yourself and much more confident after just a few short workouts.
Wow! That sounds great, it looks like it will work on my problem areas and best of all only 30 minutes a week! I can do that!
So after familiarizing myself with the program, I started the ball rolling with an Initial Test. The test was basically to do as many good form push-ups as possible until you collapse in a pile of sweat.
It looks like my yearly army reserve training still has some weight as I manage to hit 30 reps before lacking the strength to push myself back up for number 31. According to the chart I just squeezed into Rank 4/7, not too bad and a great confidence booster. My aching triceps and pectorals seems to indicate that it works. I don’t doubt it as I used to do a lot of push ups in the army.
So do stay tuned for weekly updates of this six week program to see if it makes a difference? Even better, why not also join me in re-designing your body for 30 minutes a week?