I recently decided to do 10,000 push ups this year. That sounds a lot, it is, but it’s not as hard as you might think.
Why 10,000 push ups? I consider myself an experiment of one. I am my own laboratory because unless I try something myself I would feel unqualified to tell others about it. So I thought what’s an exercise that will change my body shape and I can do it anywhere. Push ups. Perfect.
How did I choose 10,000? Well it’s a big number, until you divide it into the days of the year left. There were 295. So 10,000 divided by 295 = 33.898. Therefore to do 10,000 push ups this year all I have to do is 34 push ups every day. I choose to do 35. It’s a cleaner number for me.
Tools for the goal are myself and a calendar to mark off the days I complete the push ups. Pretty simple.
How easy is it to do though? I’ve been doing them for nine days now and it’s not as easy as you might think. You have to get into the habit of doing 35 push ups every day. Every day. Things get in the way. I’m tired, busy, and whatever else my mind throws up as an excuse. I have been doing them all at the same time and I do variations. Some ways are really hard. Try doing them on dumbbells.
What do I get out of this goal? I will have changed my body shape. Cool. I will have done some strength training every day for 295 days. Excellent. I will have done what I set out to do and show if I can do it anyone can. AWESOME!
Have a great week and choose a simple goal. Want to lose weight? How about a goal of one less piece of bread a day or one less food item with wheat in it. Or one minute of skipping. What you will get out of achieving your goal will be the knowledge you have the strength and will to do anything. That is life changing. You will never be the same again.
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