Announcing the 2007 Push-up Challenge
(Add one push-up per day, every day for one year)
Dan Ciruli completed the challenge in 2006, and now he’s issuing the challenge to everyone. I like Dan’s approach. It doesn’t take much time. It is a simple but effective way to boost your daily activity and increase your fitness. Most of all, it is a powerful tool for developing a habit of self-discipline.
The plan is simple: Do one push-up on January 1st, two push-ups on January 2nd, three push-ups on January 3rd and so on throughout the year. On December 31st you will complete 365 push-ups. The difficult part of this challenge is the consistency. As Dan points out, the daily push-ups don’t take long to complete. It’s setting a goal and meeting it day after day that makes this event a challenge.
Don’t overanalyze this project. Doing push-ups everyday will not hurt you. You will still be able to do the blog workouts that are assigned Monday through Saturday. If you miss your assigned push-ups one day, don’t worry about it. Keep on pace and make up those missed reps some other time. This is about self-discipline and self-improvement. Don’t make it more complicated than it actually is.
Dan chose crunches as a complementary exercise to his daily push-up regimen. You might prefer walking, body rows, squats, or simply stick to push-ups and the WOD. You make the call.
You know that you’re going to wonder, “What if? What if I had tried the challenge? What if I had stuck with it?” Right now, ask yourself, “Why not? Why not do a few push-ups every day? What have I got to lose?”
The challenge starts January 1st.
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