Friday MineFit TidBit: The Science of a Pushup:
The pushup is the ultimate barometer of fitness. It tests the whole body, engaging muscle groups in the arms, chest, abdomen, hips and legs. It requires the body to be taut, similar to doing a plank with toes and palms on the floor. Based on national averages, a 40-year-old woman should be able to do 16 push-ups
and a man the same age should be able to do 27 pushups.
By the age of 60, those numbers drop to 17 for men and 6 for women. BUT the act of lifting and lowering one's entire weight is taxing, even for the very fit…
Practice your Pushup!
If the toes-based push-up is too difficult, start by doing two sets of 6-15
repetitions with your knees on the floor. Can’t get to the floor, or don’t want to rest your knees? Lean against a countertop at a 45-degree angle and press up and down, or use a wall to push your body up and down, and act as if you were trying to push that wall or countertop away from you.
Questions, Feedback?? Email your MineFit Coach
. And, Lend a Friend a Hand…forward this email to someone who might need a pushup every so often.