Alright, there isn’t much health news out this weekend, so I figure I’ll talk about something on my mind.
Did anyone else see this?! (I think it is from Thursday)
Pretty funny, right? And pretty impressive. I hope I am in that good of shape in 25 years!
I decided to see if I could find how they shaped up to average women, and I succeeded in finding this pushup test calculator online, which tells you how you compare to others. Both the First Lady & Ellen are way ahead of their class.
I also found this really interesting article from The New York Times about how pushups can tell a lot about your health. The exercise requires you to use all of your muscles at once, to lift your body weight, which is hard for even fit people. The article says that being able to do at least one pushup is also important for seniors, who are more prone to falling; when you fall, your body naturally attempts to catch itself in pushup form. Oh, and, on average, a 40-year-old woman can do 16 pushups, the article states.
James actually tested how many pushups he could do today (a little stir-crazy from all the thesis writing, maybe). He did 70 in a row, without warming up or trying particularly hard. He is 30 above the average for his age, according to that calculator.
To celebrate my pushup inspired week, I did pushups after my track workout today.
I’ll share my workout deets, as part of
I ran about 1.5 miles to a track, ran a warm-up lap, then ran 1x1600, 1x800, 1x400, 1x200, 1x100 (then came back up) 1x100, 1x200, 1x400, 1x800, 1x1600, then ran a cooldown lap, then ran 1.5 miles home. My pace on the w/u and c/d was about 9:30, for the miles it was about 7:55, and all the way down to 40-45 second 100s.
I got home and did kettle bell swings (50X2) reverse pull ups (start at the top & slowly come down, 2X10) and push ups (3X15).
I can do about 25 “real” pushups in a row, I think. All I know is, since starting P90X and Insanity, I have seen how much better I feel when I do strength training. Pushups (different forms of these, and planks), I think, are one of the most crucial exercises to building fitness.
How many pushups you can do? If you don't know, try it out! All it takes is a floor and your body!
Do you LIKE doing pushups?
Do you think that pushups are as important as the article makes them out to be?