See this picture? This is your view for the next thirty-one days. Get thee to a floor, because it’s PUSH-UP MONTH!
You see, here at Jaunty Dame HQ we try a new challenge every month. I suggest a couple of challenge possibilities on the 20th of each month and the readers vote. This time, they voted to do push-ups every day.
Push-Up Month. Man, this is going to be great for us. So virtuous. So practical. Upper body strength, here we come.
What’s that whimpering noise? Oh right, me.
This challenge has only one rule: DO PUSH-UP(S) EVERY DAY.
- Make a chart to track 1) how often you do your push-ups and 2) how many you can do
- If you’re not sure about form, this Women’s Health Magazine article has clear descriptions with photos of 8 types of push-up
- Try not to break your nose. Am I the only one who worries about that? Collapsing mid-push-up and breaking my nose?
A reader named MH left some great advice on the August Choose Your Challenge post:
Start by pushing against a wall. Do that till you’re tired for a few days/week, until you feel strong enough to add a small incline by pushing against either a sturdy table or the edge of the bed. Do those until tired for a few days/week. Then go to a steeper incline, like a sturdy chair or ottoman. Repeat. Then floor pushups on your knees. You’re there! Also, if you have a staircase, just work your way down those inclines. I had to do this a couple of years ago.”
Smart, no? Slow and steady. Make it so easy there’s no excuse not to try.
MY STARTING POINT: With Mr. Jaunty looking on, I just tested my Current Push-Up Stamina: I can do seven modified (from-the-knee, “girl”) push-ups, but my arms were sticking out too far the whole time. When I did one measly push-up with my arms at a 45-degree angle from my sides, I bonked my nose on the floor. TOLD YOU SO. With my arms close to my sides, I couldn’t even do one “proper” push-up, i.e. legs straight.
Off to try my second set.
Are you joining challenge? What’s your goal for the month, and how will you keep track of your push-ups? Explain in the comments below.