I want to encourage you to join our Titus2 fitness challenge. I decided to participate with my family in the February pushup challenge although I had no expectation of being able to improve my ability to do pushups.
On our trip last fall, I had done pushups as part of my on-the-road exercising. I started the trip being able to do seven pushups and ended the trip being able to do seven pushups.
On the first day of February when we tested how many unbroken pushups we could do, you guessed it â€“ seven for me. Â Throughout the month as a family we encouraged each other in the challenge and reminded each other to do our pushups, usually doing them either before or after dinner. We groaned together with sore muscles at first, laughed trying to find a place on the crowded living room floor for all of us to fit in when we did them at the same time, critiqued each other on our form, and decided pushups were easier upstairs on the carpet than downstairs on the tile.
Each day, except Sunday, I did three sets in a row of all the pushups I could do at one time. At the end of the month when we were to again test how many unbroken pushups we could do, mine was 21. Not only did my number triple, but my form improved as well.
I am sharing my pushup challenge story because if a fifty-five-year old mother of eight Â and grandmother can do pushups and significantly improve through consistently doing them, then I think you could as well. The pushups donâ€™t take any equipment. Â You can do them anytime of the day. Your children can do them with you, and it doesnâ€™t take very much time.
If you would say that you couldnâ€™t even to one normal pushup, the Jan. 28th post on this blog has information on a beginner way to do pushups. Â It is the post that started the pushup challenge. Then on Jan. 28, there is a post that gives suggestions if you canâ€™t even do one beginner pushup.
I encourage you to go to the Titus2Fitness blog and join the current fitness challenge. This month we are doing lunges while keeping up our pushups. We are only doing the pushups twice a week, but you could combine both last monthâ€™s pushup challenge and Marchâ€™s lunge challenge by doing pushups and lunges every day â€“ except for our full rest day on Sunday. I think you will be pleased with how simple it is and the amount of quantifiable progress you can make. Â The lunge post was on March 1. It will give you the information you need to begin the lunge challenge.
If you started the challenge in February but didnâ€™t finish it, pick it up again. Post on the new Titus2 Fitness blog and let us know what you are doing. We will be encouraged, and you will be too. You will also find it is a good time together as a family.
â€œBeloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.â€ 3 John 1:2