Are you a fan of the Push-up? Do you wake up in the morning and think “I just can’t wait to do push-ups!” Do you go to bed at night and think, “man, I really wish I was able to get in more push-ups today!?”
I always say this to myself because I believe it’s true:
It’s the exercises you hate the most that your body needs the most.
Blah – why is that so true? But I’m not going to lie — push-ups really will do your body the most good.
Push-Ups Build Strength – Everywhere
Push-ups are one of the oldest and most basic of exercises for a simple reason. They work. The exercise positions all the muscles in our upper body and builds optimal strength in the forearms, shoulders, chest. And for the ladies, they will “get rid of the jig” by targeting the upper arms. And when done properly, also put emphasis on building a strong core by stabilizing the abdominals and back. There is even some benefits to your quads and hammies. If you want a return on your exercise investment, you may as well work everything in the same amount of time as one thing. Right?
Push-Ups Boosts Metabolism
Because you’re making everything work, you are pushing your body towards total physical exertion. And while that hurts a little, might make you want to throw up a little, it also forces your heart to work harder. Your muscles demand more oxygen to make energy and the only way to get it is from the heart pumping blood around faster. That will boost your metabolic rate so you burn more calories. Your metabolism is essentially your paycheck in terms of calories. The higher your metabolism, the more calories you get to eat. So doing push-ups is like giving your body a promotion and a big raise!
Push-Ups Give you an Ego Boost
Sure thing! There isn’t just a physiological benefit to these bad boys but also a psychological perk as well! Doing push-ups regularly (i.e. 100 a day for 30 days) will build significant upper body strength with a minimal investment of time. So essentially, you can reap the same benefits as those kids who spend hours in the gym every day. So not only are you fitter, you’re more efficient – which makes you smarter. What could possibly be a better ego boost than knowing that?
Push-Ups are Excuse Free
Sorry folks — no excuses here. No expensive equipment needed. No gym membership required. No trainer instruction is necessary. You don’t need any rhythm or special skill. You can’t blame the rain or the heat. Short of a wrist or shoulder injury, you’re pretty much out of luck when it comes to looking for a way out of it. Guess what that means? You’re likely your only barrier to better fitness! And what a blessing that you have complete control over that?
Enough evidence there to give push-ups enough street cred to blast through 100 a day for the next 30 days? Well, you don’t just have to take my word for it. You can Google “the benefits of push-ups” and come up with various article all supporting the same talking points and them some. Also an avid runner, Tyler at Run-Write-Run.com drafted a nice blog with 13 “pros” to push-ups and couldn’t come up with a single “con.”
30 Day Push-Up Challenges
Now that you have my top 4 reason to “drop and give me 20…” let’s talk about actually doing them. And making it, well, as fun as you can. If you read my blog, you know I love a challenge! A 28 day weight loss challenge or menu plan challenge or a simple 30 day fitness challenge. I believe in them because I think the thought of changing your life forever to be happier and healthier is scary and overwhelming. But what’s scary about the next 28-30 days? Not much! But it’s also long enough to give your body and lifestyle to adjust/adapt to the changes — giving you some serious time to develop better habits.
What does that have to do with the benefits of push-ups?
Push-ups are what originally prompted me to launch the 30 Day Challenge Series in May 2012 with the Original 30 Day Pushup Challenge. It all started with the promise from a trainer at my gym that if I did 100 push-ups a day for 30 days, it would “transform my body.” Since I do love a challenge, off we went. And I thought my friends might think it would be fun too, so we stared a little FaceBook event. You know what, it really did work. I distinctly remember noticing a tighter arm and definitely remember that by the end of the month I could bust out 75 straight! Now, 22K sign-ups and 18 fitness challenges later, it’s official, the 30 Day Challenge Series works!
So what’s next for Push-ups and the 30-Day Challenge Series?
To celebrate, we’re revising the push-up challenge but with a few twists! Learn all about it on this post here 30 Day Ultimate Push-Up Challenge. To sign up, visit the FaceBook page and check out the current events. To get access to all the trackers to do on your own or with the group, sign up here!