Push-ups, the almost perfect exercise

24 Jan

Push-ups, the almost perfect exercise

Tonight I surprised myself by doing 40 push-ups without stopping.  When I finished, I collapsed onto the floor and yelled, “Woo!”

Kathy, my wife of 20 years, stood quickly and asked, “Are you okay?”

We both laughed when I told her that I was just excited because of the number of push-ups that I had just completed.

So, what is it about the push-up?  Wherever there are people exercising, the push-up always seems to be in the forefront.  It’s a great exercise because it’s free, doesn’t require any equipment, and it uses one’s own body weight along with gravity to tone and condition muscles.  Stronger muscles means faster weight loss.

According to Colette Bouchez of WebMD, the instructions for the push-up are quite simple:  Engage you upper back, shoulders, and arms to lift your body weight off the floor, then slowly lower it back down.  When doing push-ups, some people use other muscle groups to help lift their bodies and take the stress off of their arms.  This works for the push-up, but reduces the benefits of the push-ups.  While doing push-ups, your body weight should be lifted by your arms without using your stomach, rear-end, or lower half of your body to pull yourself up.

To learn more about the proper way to do push-ups, check out the full article by Colette Bouchez at http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/doing-the-perfect-push-up

Here’s What I Had To Eat Today:

1 Special K Protein Meal Bar

2 Chicken Tortillas with lettuce

1 Lowfat Peanut Butter Sandwich on Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins

1 Serving of Grilled Chicken with BBQ Sauce

1 Serving of Green Beans

1 Serving of Black Eyed Peas

100 oz of water

My Exercise Today:

45 Minutes of Walking

40 Pushups

My Supplements Today:

1 Fish Oil Pill

1 Men’s Multi-vitamin

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2 Responses to “Push-ups, the almost perfect exercise”

  1. Shari January 26, 2012 at 2:41 am #

    I’m so proud of you! I was there for your first one and look at you now! Wish I was there. Miss you!

    • johnfrady January 26, 2012 at 4:27 am #

      Thanks, Shari. You really taught Kathy and I a lot. Thanks so much for that. Hope that you’re doing well.

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