Changing things up a bit, for the better
Heading upstairs to finally get back to a push-ups workout after once again putting it off for over a week, I got to thinking...
Why do I talk myself into not doing these workouts anymore? Does it take too long? Does it hurt too much? Am I just tired of doing them at this point since I've been doing them for over a year?
The answer really is probably little bits of each of these things:
- I tell myself I won't have enough time to fit it in either at home or in the office.
- I remember how much my muscles were screaming at me the last time I finished that final set of 50 or 60.
- I think, well, I've done it for so long, putting them off a little longer won't hurt anything...
Based on this, I'm going to take a different tack to keeping consistent, and I'm borrowing it from your friend and mine - Kathy Brown.
Instead of these mammoth workouts 3 times a week, I'm going to commit myself to doing 100 push-ups every day, for as long as I can keep the streak going. This will actually work out to be very close in number of pushups done over a week's time, so I really shouldn't be falling behind the pace that I had been on for so long, except for pushups per workout.
The perseverance Kathy has shown in running every day for now OVER 150 DAYS is truly amazing and I can only hope to achieve anywhere close to as long a streak as she has and is continuing to do.
For today I went with 10/15/20/25 and 30 as my set numbers, and I think I'll stick with that a while and see how it goes. It still is requiring me to do pretty healthy numbers of pushups at a time, and I'm trying to only take a minute or 90 seconds in between sets to keep the workout duration short. Today it was only about 15 minutes including changing into and out of my workout clothes.
So, the streak is at 1 day, where will it end? Hopefully not at a single digit...will it make it into the 3 digits? Who knows? But I think this way of going at it will work out better for me in the long run and allow me to stay motivated to do the workouts, which is really the main point, and not so much the numbers.
Oh, and by the way, I'm also planning to NOT be posting about these daily workouts on my blog anymore.