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100 push-ups? Why not?

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  February 11, 2013 08:29 AM

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Before I dive in to why in the heck I am aiming to do 100 push-ups a day now, let's recap the crazy, shall we?

A while back, I wrote out a list of goals I have for this year (NOT resolutions, people, I don't make those!). The ones I've managed to do already have a line through them ...

Here's what I wrote back in December:
1. Manage to bust out a five-minute #plankAday
2. Try a Spartan Race/Warrior Dash/Tough Mudder obstacle course
3. Run another half marathon (I know, I didn't think I'd say that any time soon either)
4. Get under 30 minutes for my 5K pace
5. Master a pull-up
6. Run 10 5Ks (yes, 10, a completely arbitrary number, but more than the four I ran last year)
7. Master one really amazing, super-healthy recipe that will become my go-to dish when I'm in a pinch (suggestions welcome) (I'll post the recipe for this soon, and yes, it involves my crockpot)
8. Jump out of a plane. Yes, I want to go skydiving. Always have. This year I'm vowing to do it. (Have to wait for good weather.)
9. Get back into rock climbing (working on this one!)
10. Get back into rowing (any Simmons alum want to get a four together!?)
11. Find a good yoga class that fits my schedule (this is going to be super difficult)
12. Teach my son it's fun to try something hard(He's two years old, but has already asked me if we can "race" in the backyard sometime)
13. Run more. Laugh more. With friends. (#ProjectAdam totally fills this)

Somehow, though, I seem to keep adding to the list.

First: @Iron_Pete challenged me to run #1000miles this year. Challenge accepted.

Next: I'm aiming to do #plankADay every. Single. Day. So far, so good.

Now, I've added #100pushups. Why? (Other than the fact that I like to just do wacky things...) Well, it comes down to one, simple fact: It's @TheMailboxMan's fault.

No, really.

TheMailboxMan co-founded @projectmailbox, a charity for other charities, which helps raise awareness and money for different causes one coin at a time.

Needless to say, trying to save the world one coin at a time takes a lot of time, so, @TheMailboxMan doesn't have a ton of time to exercise. But, unlike other very busy folks we know who just give up on exercise, he managed to find a way to squeeze it in, taking one small act and spreading it out throughout the day: The push-up.

His goal is to simply crank out #100pushups over the course of a day. When I found out about this, I had to steal try it myself (remember my desire for arms like Michelle Obama?).

Plus, this fit nicely in to my overall goal of just moving more, which happens to be why I started the blog in the first place...

Just for the record: I do real push-ups. I don't do the modified ones simply because I had a field hockey coach in high school who was ex-military and drilled real push-ups into my brain forever.

Need a push-up primer/refresher? Here's a video that can help:

Side note: I asked Ryan Healy, a personal trainer and contributor to this blog for her take on doing 100 push-ups a day and if it is a good idea or not. Here's what she had to say:

Push-ups are a fantastic exercise, but with any resistance training exercise I'd recommend waiting 48 hours in between efforts in order to let your body recover and build up the muscle tissue that's broken down each time. That's how long muscle repair generally takes. That way, you come back stronger!! Without proper recovery, you might not progress as well, and you won't be at your strongest or freshest. Does that make sense? In terms of the number you're doing, 100, are you doing them 100 in a row without a break, or are you splitting them up into, say, 10 sets of 10? The latter would be my suggestion. That would enhance strength and muscle growth, instead of 1 set of 100 which would work on muscular endurance.

Remember, I'm not a doctor and not advocating you try my brand of crazy exercise, I'm just a girl documenting the various ways she is trying to keep moving. So, please, don't try any of this at home without talking to your doctor first.

Are there any small, healthy actions you try to take during the day? Leave me a comment below or shoot me a note using the form at right!

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.


Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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