2016

Zion Nat'l Park, Columbine

push ups

Pals

I have a friend who is also a Facebook buddy, with whom I now share a new element in our friendship.  Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, before 9 PM, we engage in a common activity, then send an e-message to each other about our accomplishment. That activity is push-ups, and we have become Push-Up Pals!

The agreement is to do 3 sets of 10 push-ups, in proper form, and not the bent knee kind, either. The real thing. After our first day of participation in the push-up pal program, I suggested that we add in crunches. After all, we would be waiting a few minutes in between sets of 10, so why not throw in crunches? 3 sets of 50 crunches, 5 different leg positions to work the range of abdominals. That's 150 crunches, 30 push-ups, and a great little workout!

Get Moving! Build Muscle, Burn More Fat

Let’s face it: we all have fat burning on our mind when we exercise. That reason alone is what motivates many people to engage in routine physical activity.  Were you aware however, that by increasing your lean muscle, you can burn more fat all the while—even when you are folding laundry, carrying in groceries, or taking the stairs to your office? Not to mention the fat burning boost you will get when you are purposefully exercising.  The more muscle you have, the more fat you will burn!

Resistance training is beneficial for several reasons: increased skeletal muscle strength, improved balance, and increased lean muscle mass to name a few. Resistance or strength training need not be accomplished in a gym, but can be easily and safely done at home.

Push-ups are my favorite strength and muscle building exercise. If your upper body is not quite ready for an on-the-floor push up, you can start with a wall push up. Place your hands on the wall at your shoulder level, shoulder width apart, fingers pointing upward, while maintaining a soft elbow. Step away from the wall, at least 18 inches; the farther back you stand, the lower your hands will move below the shoulder height, and the more muscle workout you will enjoy. Keep you feet about 12 inches apart and maintain a soft knee. Engage the abdominal muscles by drawing in the belly, below the umbilicus. This action will support the lower back with the additional benefit of including the abdominals in the exercise. Read the rest of this entry »

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