Wheeew! What a month it’s been. This April some gym friends invited me to participate in a 30 day push up challenge. It was simple: 30 push up each day for 30 days. After a little research with Uncle Google I quickly learned some benefits to push ups. They are a whole body exercise that incorporates many muscles at once, biceps, abs, lower back, triceps, chest etc. It improves posture and boosts cardio health, which I understood after breathlessly standing after the last set. I felt I had to jump on this challenge because of all my physical drawbacks I must say upper body strength is at the top of the list.
So, 900 push ups at the end of the month. I did a little math and figured by adding an extra 5 pushups a day I’d be topping 1,050 in a month, now THAT sounded like a challenge.
1,000+ push ups; some might say it’s a lot, others a drop in the bucket of their routine, but to me it seemed like a whole stock of pain and discomfort. Prior to this I doubt I’d done 100 regular push ups in my life. I’d been pretty comfortable in the ‘girl push up’ phase since I started exercising, but I liked the idea of working my way to consistent, proper form and increase my strength and stamina (good practice for Tough Mudder by the way).
I will freely admit that there were days I skipped my daily 35 and made it up the next day. So to that extent, no I technically didn’t complete the 30 day challenge but I did get to my total goal and for that I’m pleased.
I’m happy to say that on Day 30 I managed to complete the full 1,050 pushups and had a handful of photos in cool placed to prove it!
What did I learn?
You don’t know what you can accomplish when you take it one step at a time. 1,000 seems like a lot, 35 a day sounds reasonable, and on the days where you’re just not feeling it, sets of 5 is all it takes to get you to the goal of the day and ultimately to the finish. Sounds like a good life lesson doesn’t it?
I feel stronger, my upper body strength has improved which is a huge plus for me. Following the adage that you don’t finish a goal before setting your next one I think I’ll do a May Mile a Day Challenge. Thoughts?
Until next time,
My girlfriend just completed 100 miles in 100 days. She completed the challenge in just over 50 days!!! She has rheumatoid arthritis and is over 55 years old. I’m so very proud of her! I’m proud of you to!!!
Wow that’s incredible! There is inspiration everywhere. Thank you Cate!
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