Intermitent Pushup Regimin

My latest way of keeping in the “push up zone” as I like to call it is by doing them randomly at a few points throughout the day. I’ve found that I have a hard time maintaining a dedicated workout regimin. Between work, travel, and social committments, keeping a predictable schedule of gym visits seems nearly impossible. That’s why I love pushups so much. You don’t need any equipment. Just yourself and a little gravity. I trust both are in high-supply for all of us at a time where nothing seems to be in high supply.

One thing I do is travel around to poker tournaments. At these tournaments, players are given a break every hour or two. I make it a point to do 30 pushups on every break. Some people could do more, some people could do less. Thirty just so happens to be where I’m at right now. The goal is to find an amount of pushups that you can do 3-5 times throughout the day to completion. When I started this regimine, that number was a mere 15. It took just a little over two months before I was able to crank out 30 of them five times a day with little trouble.

Anyone could follow a routine like this. It’s impossible to be too busy to “drop and do 20″ a couple times a day. It literally takes like 30 seconds! One way to follow this routine is to do pushups during commercial breaks. The average person watches four hours of television per day. Let’s just say that you’re an exception to that rule and you only watch an average of one hour of TV per day. I’ll bet you’re still probably sitting idly through three or four commercial breaks. From now on, treat commercials as your prompt to do your daily pushups!

You’d be amazed at the results you can get from following this regimen. Our bodies need to be exercised. We weren’t meant to be inactive. The response you will get from an exercise routine as simple as just a few dozen pushups each day will be highly noticable. The resulting increase in confidence will pay countless dividens in other areas of your life.

If you can’t make exercising a huge priority in your life, don’t worry, that’s pretty common. However, anyone can drop to the ground and do pushups a few times a day. I’ll even do it in public. If people give me funny looks, I just tell them with a smile, “it was time for my pushups!”

Purchasing Your Own Home Exercise Equipment

Whether it’s a simple jump rope at a dollar store or a thousand-dollar treadmill at a specialty sports store, you can find home exercise equipment almost everywhere you go. As you might expect, the cost, quality and durability of each item will vary considerably. Before purchasing any home exercise items, it’s important to make sure that you’re getting the best value for your money on equipment that meets your specific needs.

Quality vs. cost

If you’re only looking for a jump rope, it probably doesn’t make sense to buy a $30 brand-name product with special neoprene handles and other bells and whistles. You can probably find a suitable model in the toy department of a dollar store. Of course, if you do take the budget route, be careful of any item that you can injure you. For example, make sure the handles on your jump rope are sturdy and won’t break with regular use and check for any sharp edges around the connection points.

On the other hand, if you’re planning to make a big investment in major home exercise equipment, make sure you do your research! Don’t just buy the cheapest treadmill or elliptical trainer you can find – if it doesn’t have the features you want; you won’t be likely to use it. Look up other people’s opinions at ConsumerReports.com and ePinions.com. If people have overwhelmingly reviewed one machine negatively, don’t buy it – even if the price is right.

Safety and durability

Don’t just buy an exercise machine off the internet – make sure you can see it in person before you commit. Evaluate any potential item for safety purposes before you buy – see if it looks sturdy and check the areas where metal and plastic join. Metal can easily wear into the plastic, which can snap or give way, resulting in injury. This is especially important to check if you’re purchasing larger pieces of equipment that will support your whole body.

If cost is an issue, don’t compromise on a lower quality machine. First, find out which brand of equipment you want to own and what specific model number you want to own. See if you can find any second hand items available for purchase through classified listings or garage sales. Of course, while this may help you cut costs, it’s also important to examine every item carefully before you purchase it. You might be able to find a like-new piece of equipment for pennies on the dollar.

Choosing equipment that you’ll use

Each year thousands of treadmills, exercise bikes, rowing machines and cross trainers collect dust in people’s homes. Aside from not doing anything to improve fitness, these items cost money and take up valuable space and resources. If you aren’t 100% sure you’re going to use your home fitness equipment regularly, try visiting your local gym to test out various pieces of equipment before you buy. This will help you determine if you really want to pay to have similar machines in your home for daily use.

Today, you can find exercise equipment in almost any store. That said, before purchasing these items, it’s important to make sure that they’ll meet your unique needs. If you have concerns about any particular item, you may want to wait until you can look in another store, or find out what else is available. Once you’re committed to exercise, having the right items on hand at home is a great step in the direction of achieving your fitness goals.