Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.
~Carol Welch (Quote Garden)
See! You thought it was just you. (Source)
I mentioned I restarted the hundred push-ups challenge. I started a year ago (3/7/11, so almost exactly a year), but I quit after maybe three weeks. It was in my sidebar, so I had the date & that I only started with five push-ups. I’m finishing up week 1 today, so I did the first test some time last week, & I’m proud to say I maxed out with twenty then:D
To that end, I was doing a little more research into proper form, & ran across this article from WebMD. It has some good info on push-ups, proper form, & information on several variations for people who are either unable to do a full push-up or are looking for something more challenging.
For myself, I do the half push-ups, also called knee push-ups or “girl push-ups”. But I don’t like the last one:~P I have carpal tunnel & bad knees (compressed cartilage & some loose bone chips, or something I forget what they told me they were exactly but they make it very painful to be on my knees. Always wear your seatbelt!).
For the knees I use two yogo mats. One laid out flat to keep from laying in the floor & cushion under my hands, & the extra one rolled up under my knees. This makes a huge difference since I would be unable to do them at all otherwise.
For the carpal tunnel, instead of using the typical flat hands, I go up on my fists. They mention this method in the WebMD article, & call it knuckle push-ups. I had never heard a name for it, so that was interesting. It lets you keep your wrist straight during the exercise, so far less pressure & pain.
Also, watch your breathing! I was having horrible headaches after doing the push-ups, & some research revealed it’s because I was slipping back into my old bad habit of holding my breath when I exercised. Oops! That’s apparently very bad & causes a lot of excess pressure in your head, especially if you are already eaten alive by sinus pain & pressure. Dehydration can also cause headaches, so drink your water!
If anyone does or has done this challenge, I would love to hear about it! I have a friend on facebook who just finished week 2. She posted tonight she did her retest & quadrupled the number of push-ups she maxed on her first test. So hurray!