Health & Fitness: Mid Year Update Health/Fitness

We’re half way through the year and my Resolution was to do 10,000 pushups this year. I resolved to run a 10K & do 10K pushups. Yeah, I know but crazier things have been promised on party nights, believe-you-me. Fortunately most folks forget these promises.

Anyway, I use my running log to keep track of the pushups and I’m on target for my goal. As of this writing I have pushed 5230 ups and run 85 miles including my first ever 10K. The race was all trails & all hills. I finished and ran every step. I even managed to do 35 pushups that day.

I started doing my pushups in sets of 15 and increased the amount by 5 every month. Since it is June I’m supposed to be doing 40 at a clip but I usually do 2 sets of 20 or just some other number that works for me at the time. I’ve done as many as 45 at a time but I think I’ve plateaued as they haven’t been getting any easier for several weeks now.

If you could only do one “muscle” exercise, pushups should be that exercise. They hit your triceps, pectorals, deltoids and most of your trunk for support. Do them fast to get the heart rate up or do them slow to feel the burn! My Dad always did pushups and credits them for retaining good upper body strength well into his 50s. That’s all well and good, but I need a challenge. A few years ago I researched the training to become a NJ State Trooper and noted that a requirement was to do 45 pushups in 2 minutes. Well, I didn’t intend to become a cop, but I made sure I could do the required pushups. They’ve since changed the test to a point based system rather than a flat number. Oh well. I’ll just have to make sure I can do all of the ‘maximum point’ exercises on their new list!

Know what the hardest thing about the pushup challenge has been so far? That month where the vacuum cleaner was busted and I ran out of clean patches of carpet. Yech!

Linky: NJ State Police Physical Qualification Test

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