Why not try completing 100 press ups a day for the next 30 days. You burn on average 1 calorie per push up, depending on your weight and how vigorously you’re exercising, meaning when you perform 100 push ups, you can expect to burn about 100 calories. 100 calories * 30 days = 3,000 calories (nearly a pound of fat).
Or even take it one further and do it everyday for a year. 100 calories * 365 day = 36,500 calories (more than 10 pounds of fat).
Do you want to lose 10 pounds of fat by this time next year?
A mantra is a Buddhism idea – the theory being that repeating a word or sound will help aid concentration in meditation. So why not relate this to exercise and try using a mantra when you are training – think of a word, sound or noise that you feel is powerful, strong and even potentially meaningful to you and try using this as your mantra – when you are starting to struggle during an exercise keep repeating this sound in your head over and over again until the exercise is over. But remember mantras are unique to you so the idea is you keep it to yourself and not tell anyone else your mantra.
So many people try and avoid eating ‘calories’ but what actually is a calorie and are all calories the same………a calorie is simply a unit of measurement for energy. So in theory 10 calories from candy has the same amount of energy as 10 calories form celery however we do now know that our body uses these calories in very different ways (which we didn’t know when calories were ‘invented’). Which means maybe we will find a new way to measure how much energy we eat in the future……..
To ensure correct posture and form, keep your eyes looking forward as do your push-ups. This will prevent you from arching your back and if you find this exercise to be too challenging, try starting out on your knees.
We have all had that feeling when our muscles are burning and we think we can’t go on and feel like giving up but then we think again. Mental strength plays a massive part in training – for example, if I said I would give you a million pounds if you did another rep the chances are you would find it in you to do one. Unfortunately I don’t have millions to give away to get people to push themselves but I do have another solution…….try building a house. And by that I mean think about building your ideal house brick by brick and see how much further you can push yourself by just taking your mind off the muscles that are burning.