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Do you do push-ups everyday?

Asked by josie (30158points) 1 month ago

If you did nothing more than do 100 push ups everyday for a year, it would make a visible difference in your body shape, posture, core strength, upper body strength etc.
And I don’t mean doing them all at once. In sets of 10 reps would still work.

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ucme's avatar

I do 200 a day in sets of 50.
I could easily play a ripped Tarzan, got the yell covered too.

josie's avatar

Like I said. It works!

ucme's avatar

Absolutely it does, tones so many muscles all at once.
With running a lot too, seriously, my calves are stunning to look at :D

ucme's avatar

That’s actually funny because my wife calls them my baby cows, not even kidding!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

No, they’re not part of my routine.
Throw some M&Ms on the floor and I might think about it.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Not push ups, but sit ups. Try to!

Dutchess_III's avatar

And actually, that was a question I meant to ask. Is doing 10 reps of 10 sit ups throughout the day, the same as doing 100 sit ups?

JLeslie's avatar

No, but now that you mention it I might try doing some. In my 20’s I started doing them, and I was able to build up my strength pretty fast. I doubt I’d do 100, but maybe 3 sets of 10.

gondwanalon's avatar

I do what I call half pushups 3 to 5 times a week. I only go down until my upper arms are parallel to the ground. That way I don’t put a lot of stress on my elbows.

Along with pushups I do:
13 half pull-ups (only go down halfway) X 3
13 TRX butterfly X 3
13 Superman back arches X 3
60 half dips
60 sit-ups
60 wheel roll-outs
225 flutter kicks
225 ball arches
225 side arches (right and left legs) 10 lb wts
225 calf raises (right and left legs) 36 lb wts
225 ham curls (right leg only) 10 lb wts
40 exercise ball hand-0ffs

FYI: someone was bragging to me that they did the plank for 2½ minute resting on their elbows. I just dropped to the floor in the full push-up start position and held that plank position for 8½ minutes. I was getting board so I stopped. I think that the plank is good for beginners who are too weak to do pushups.

LuckyGuy's avatar

OK… dammmit! You shamed me into doing something!
I’ll let you know how I do.
Damn you!

johnpowell's avatar

I live in the basement and usually when I go upstairs, which isn’t that often, I do push-ups on the way up. But I am doing them on a 45º incline so they aren’t terribly taxing. I’m not in it for the muscle.

I just have jankey shoulders and need to stretch them out put some strain on them. But I normally do 50 each time I go upstairs and that probably takes 90 seconds. I have never timed it. I do have a weight bench in my room and do some bench presses every day. But it isn’t for appearance. More of a mental health thing.

I spend 30+ minutes a day stretching, maybe 5 lifting weights.

kritiper's avatar

No.
But since you brought up the subject, I wonder how many answering “yes” here do REAL push-ups? In the military, you have to go down until a yardstick placed on your elbows clears your back.
Everybody ready?? DOWN. UP. DOWN. UP. ... (continue please.)

kritiper's avatar

(There were three who were waiting for my answer to post and once I did, they split.)

gondwanalon's avatar

Likely no one does perfect military standard pushups (on their own). When I was in the US Army I often maxed out on pushups. It wasn’t easy.

I use to seek out the Marine recruiting chin-up challenge at our local fair. They have 3 Marines grading each chin-up. Must go all the way down and all the way up with no kicking or jerking. You have to do 20 pull-ups to win a t-shirt. I got a t-shirt 3 different times. Unfortunately I had to back way off on my chin-up training. It put too much strain on my 68 year old elbows and tendons. Took me about 6 or 8 months to recover from over doing it.

Anyway, any effort to do a “push-up” is good. Far better than doing nothing.

Zaku's avatar

I may not have done 100 push ups since people stopped ordering me to do push ups in high school.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

I do one push up to get out of bed to pee every hour.

LuckyGuy's avatar

You know my 2 basic rules of engineering: 1) If you can’t measure it, you don’t know where you are. and 2) Without data all you have is an opinion. So….
I made an Excel spreadsheet with the following columns: Date/time, Number of reps, Heart Rate Before Exercise, Blood O2 Saturation (PO2) Before, Heart Rate After, PO2 After. If I do this long enough Ill be able to plot the data.

Since I have not done this in a while I started at an easier level 15 reps of knee push ups (measured at 90 pounds) instead of real push up (measured at 110 pounds).
I am going to try to do this at least 5 times per day, usually after I pee :-), but I’m not guaranteeing it.

I’m a pretty active guy and I am not overweight – my BMI is right in the center of the healthy band at 21.7 – but I don’t specifically exercise. We’ll see if this activity improves or changes anything.
(One thing has changed already – I vacuumed the living room carpet really well.)

Dutchess_III's avatar

I love Excel!

LuckyGuy's avatar

I did 4 sets so far and I’m seeing a trend.
My data is repeating nicely so I’m pretty sure of my testing protocol.
I have defined “Resting” as my normal sitting up at the computer. That will be my standard.
Resting HR = 70.5 BPM PO2 = 96
After 15 pushups, (in 35 seconds)
Post HR = .87.5 BPM PO2 = 98.25

We’ll see how this changes as the days progress. I might add sit-ups to the mix while I’m watching TV.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I am embarrassed and disappointed in myself for how sore I am today. I backed off a little and did not take data.
Tomorrow I will pick up again. I’m sure things will get easier. When they do I will graduate up to real push ups.
I won’t quit.

JLeslie's avatar

@LuckyGuy Remember to stretch AFTER you do the push-ups. That will reduce your chance of developing the soreness.

gondwanalon's avatar

@LuckyGuy way to go! Bravo!
But be cautious about doing too much too soon. Also muscles develop faster than tendons, ligaments and joints. You may be encouraged with rapid muscle strength to do too much and then develop tendinitis or joint pain injury. That can take a while to recover from which can discourage.
Good health!

Dutchess_lll's avatar

I have a feeling that @Lucky guy understands more about physical fitness than most of us and he doesn’t need many tips.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I’ll take all the advice i can get- especially when it comes from someone in @gondwanalon ‘s well earned shape. :-)
He’s a little backstory.
18 months ago I started having severe arm pain and weakness that was traced to stenosis (narrowing) around the spinal cord in my neck C5 C6 and C7. After about 2 months it went away magically. My arm was weak but not in pain. Well…. About 4 months ago the blinding pain returned. Fusion surgery was scheduled for last month but 2 weeks before the date the pain went away again with the help of meloxicam 7.5 mg. The surgeon congratulated me on the “delay” predicting some time in the future I will need the fusion surgery. But for now keep moving and enjoy.
Until that dreaded surgery day comes, if ever, I will rebuild strength in that area. Everything is better when you are in shape.
And this Q inspired me. Thanks!

LuckyGuy's avatar

Fifth day .
It is getting easier to do 15. So easy I am doing 16 but calling it 15 because it seems too few now.
When I started this effort my heart rate averaged 88 BPM after one set.
That has steadily dropped to 84 BPM after a set. Clearly I am getting more used to the movement.
Before doing a set my PO2 averages 96.2% After a set it jumps to 98.2% I can’t see any significant change from 5 days ago. But it is always good to have a higher PO2.
I’ll keep going.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@LuckyGuy- Do you do this at the same time every day?

LuckyGuy's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille No. I’m doing it 6 or 7 times a day. Usually after I pee and just before I eat.
I noticed my resting pulse goes up right after I drink coffee . I never noticed that before. I might as well slowly start tapering off caffeine as well.

JLeslie's avatar

I started today! It was incredibly difficult for me, more reason to be doing it. I did 15, but it was 5, rest for 20 seconds, 5 again, rest 20 seconds, and 5 again. They were girl push-ups, I don’t know what they are technically called.

I’m hoping to be able to do 2 sets of 15 by the end of the month, but maybe that’s too ambitious with the muscle troubles I have.

Are we suppose to do then daily? Or, every other day? What’s better?

I feel like this is good to make my veins in my arms and hands bigger too. That’s good for taking blood, I actually think about that with my medical needs.

@LuckyGuy Am I right that you are not checking your blood pressure?

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@LuckyGuy- As someone wh quits coffee from time to time, tapering off is right.XD

LuckyGuy's avatar

@JLeslie You are correct. I am measuring Beats Per Minute and blood oxygen partial pressure. PO2.
I do have an Omron automatic blood pressure cuff but it takes too long and I would not expect to see any significant changes. i only take my blood pressure about once every 2 or 3 or 4 weeks, usually while sitting and watching TV. .

JLeslie's avatar

^^I see. Since I have to stay on top of my pressure, I’m curious to check mine, but mine is not a gauge since I have wacky BP. My guess is my BP will be lower 5 minutes after the push-ups like when I zumba.

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