My current foot situation (in a boot, not full weight-bearing) has obviously prevented me from running or working out very much at all. I finally decided that I should challenge myself to do something despite my limitations, and focusing on my arms seemed like the best idea. It also was pretty timely, as social distancing became the thing to do… it gave me a challenge I could easily do at home. I decided I wanted to do 30 pushups every day, probably in sets of 10, and see how I felt/looked in one month. Here’s a quick day-by-day accounting of what that process looked like:
Feb 29 – Thought I would do 30 every day, after doing a set of ten, 20 seemed good enough.
Mar 1 – Why am I sore? Oh yeah… I think I should take today off.
Mar 2 – Two sets of 10 in the books!
Mar 3 – Two sets done before work… I was late to work.
Mar 4 – Pushups seemed easier today.
Mar 5 – First set I was able to do 12 – second set of 10 was hard but doable.
Mar 6 – Today was my first day on crutches, I think my arms got enough of a workout.
Mar 7 – Nope.
Mar 8 – Daylight Savings Time, we sprang forward… no pushups but I did get a nap.
Mar 9 – Did a set of 12, then a second set of 8 at lunch break.
Mar 10 – Didn’t happen.
Mar 11 – Two sets of 10, check!
Mar 12-16 – I took an unintended break, stuff has been getting crazy due to the coronavirus!
Mar 17 – First set of 16 (yeah!) and then a second set of 10. Amazing since I have missed so many days!
Mar 18 – Not today.
Mar 19 – Two sets of 10.
Mar 20 – Two sets of 10 again.
Mar 21 – 12 pushups and then 10 more. A few sit ups too.
Mar 22 – Rested.
Mar 23 – 20 in a row! (woot woot!)
Mar 24 – Two sets of 10, plus a little free weight work.
Mar 25 – Took a break, it was Dean’s birthday.
Mar 26 – No pushups, but I did go out for a “ride” on my knee scooter.
Mar 27 – Two sets of 10.
Mar 28 – No.
Mar 29 – I thought about it, but was tired.
So… I only did pushups 14 out of the 30 days, which is less than half – so if I was going for a letter grade, I guess I’d get an ‘F.’ But I choose to not look at this as a failure, but as doing pushups 14 more days than I normally would have. And I can always challenge myself again this month to try again, although honestly I think everyday is a bit too much… doesn’t give much time for recovery.
Lastly, if you need some motivating up-beat workout music, check out some of the opening and ending themes from the show Haikyuu – just about every time I did pushups I listened to music from this anime – specifically “I’m a Believer” from Season 2. The kids in the show are so motivated to train (they are on a volleyball team) and I find that their motivation is a bit contagious.
Thanks for reading!