Push up Challenge
Candace Cameron Bure (DJ from Full House!) and her trainer Kira Stokes issued a push up challenge at the beginning of this year . If you do 50 push ups a day for 360 (you get 5 days off) you’ll end the year doing 18,000. While 50 push ups a day is a lot, it also seemed liked a challenge that was manageable, and I decided to go for it! I convinced Jeff to join (who one upped me by doing 50 burpee push ups a day).
I started the challenge a little late so I needed to make up a weeks worth of push ups by just adding a few in each day. At this point I’ve completed just over 2,000 push ups, which is crazy to think!
It’s not too late if anyone would like to join in! You still have plenty of time to join (you can just make up the push ups slowly over weeks or you can just start now and get in as many as you can over the rest of the year!). You also don’t need to do all 50 push ups at one time, you can do 20 in the morning and 30 at night, or vice versa or any combination, as long as you get all 50 in. Also don’t forget that there’s no shame in starting small, start off with doing your push ups against a wall, or with the use of a table, or all on your knees.
I started with doing most push ups on my knees and have slowly built up to doing a large chunk of them on my toes. At this point I’ve been doing a lot of standard push ups, but now that I’m feeling stronger I’m starting to add more variety in.
Below are some of the variations I love (please remember I am not a medical professional, nor am I certified fitness instructor — I’m just sharing what I love and what is working for me fitness wise!).
Standard (hands shoulder-width apart, lower to the ground, trying to bend your elbows to 90 degrees, and avoid tucking your chin to your chest).
Triceps push ups (Place hands under shoulders, as you lower keep your arms parallel to your sides and point your elbows back toward your toes).
Single leg (hands shoulder-width apart, lift one leg to a height based on your comfort level and keep elevated as you lower to the ground).
Spider man (hands shoulder-width apart, as you lower to the ground, lift one foot off the ground and pull your knee to your elbow).
Is anyone going to add a few push ups into their daily routine?