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Jun 11, 2019 13:58:40

The magic number of pushups

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Brandon Wilson

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I read this article recently that presents a theory that the number of pushups you can do is an indicator of your overall cardiovascular health and risk for a heart attack or stroke. The magic number is 40. If you can sustain 40 pushups or more, you are 96% less likely to experience a cardiac event compared to someone who can only do 10 or fewer pushups. 

I am pretty sure going all the way back to high school that I have never been physically fit enough to sustain 40 pushups. Heck, as I read the story I was questioning whether I could even do 40 wall pushups (I can.) In the last few years, my upper body strength has eroded due in part to a case of frozen shoulder. I was working in a conference room on a laptop, and let's just say that is not a good idea ergonomically. I went through some painful physical therapy, and my shoulder is pretty well healed. Now I have no excuse. 

I need to start focusing on some strength training, and I think pushups are as good a place as any to start. I can do them anywhere, and there is a low risk of injury. I am starting from scratch, well below the 10 pushup threshold. It's really quite pathetic. I have to actually start on my knees doing "girl" pushups. Don't yell at me ladies, that's what they are called. :)

The goal is 40 standard pushups. I have no idea how long it will take me to get there. But I'm not going to focus on the mountain. I'm going to focus on the first step, then the next step, and the step after that. One day at a time. Pushups every day. Let the streak begin.

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    Pushup is great! Wish you could keep it up as now! Thank you for your comment too.

    Anselm Yoo avatar Anselm Yoo | Jul 20, 2019 22:22:48
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    @brandonwilson thanks for the magic number! So useful. I'm so gonna target 40 pushups now too. I recently learnt of another magic number too - the number 1! If you can't stand up from a chair on one leg now, you risk not being able to walk in your 70s.


    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jun 12, 2019 20:59:45
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      @jasonleow You know those polls, "If the election were held today..." Well, me in my 70's I'm pretty much %#@@^$#. Time to get to work.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 12, 2019 06:33:11
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    @keni @abrahamKim let's all go do some pushups (any kind) in honor of @brandonwilson - before he gets his ass kicked. :-) ( and for a little moral support - )

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jun 11, 2019 15:51:56
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      @brandonwilson @brianball - Already on it. I am accepting the challenge I proposed and he will have to face the duel whenever we meet. And I am not losing.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jun 11, 2019 18:55:20
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      @brandonwilson @keni - ok, I'm in as well. I'm on day 3 of #100DaysOfSweat

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jun 11, 2019 16:25:20
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      @brianball - I hate instagram and putting pictures of myself online but I like the idea of the 100daysofSweat.
      You should write a post about how you started and what you hope to get out of it. You will inspire people like me to join you.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jun 11, 2019 19:33:58
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      @brandonwilson @keni - I'm not posting any pictures. I'll be happy to have some checks on a piece of paper. So far, both my son and I are 3 for 3 :-)

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jun 11, 2019 21:34:45
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    @brandonwilson - "girl" pushups?!?!? Oh no no no. This begs for a challenge.

    The challenge:.
    If and when we meet - I challenge you to a push up challenge. If I win such challenge, I would get a post written by Brandon, apologizing to all girls everywhere for calling the easier style a "girl" pushup.

    Do we have a deal?

    Keni avatar Keni | Jun 11, 2019 18:29:19
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      @keni Hey it’s not my term! Blame all the fitness professionals who all call them that (even women). My take on gender equality is simple. I will not make the decision. Tell me are men and women equal or not equal and I will act accordingly. 😎

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 11, 2019 15:52:52
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      @brandonwilson - This means the challenge is accepted. I hope you are going past the 40.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jun 11, 2019 18:56:19
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    wait what number are you at right now?

    Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Jun 11, 2019 23:12:42
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      @abrahamKim You like how I cleverly avoided revealing that? Yesterday I did five "girl" pushups and today I did six.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 11, 2019 14:17:45
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      That's a lot of percentage reduced for cardiac fatality! I think that the pushup measure is a great measure, because not only does it measure one's physical muscular fitness, but also it implies the reduction of excess fat... and also a degree of joint health.

      It's kind of like a good measure not just because of what it implies for the primary muscles involved - chest, triceps, deltoids -- but also other factors..

      This is why if someone were to only strive for one measure of health to improve, I'd put my vote on sleep. Because for one to fix their sleep, they must avoid and aim for a bunch of other healthy things. Like it is impossible for majority of people to eat junk all the time and sleep well; or drink in excess; or not be active; or not live a fulfilling day where you work and learn on things that interest you. All of the above effect one's sleep. So in the pursuit of good sleep, almost all chronic health problems can be improved. This is why I call the decision of sleep the most CEO decision one can make with themselves.

      Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Jun 11, 2019 23:22:15
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      @abrahamKim I completely agree with you about sleep, which is why I have been focusing on improving my sleep in earnest the last six months.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 11, 2019 14:27:30
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    @brandonwilson one step at a time. Like one 200 WAD contribution per day. Streak baby! Streak!

    Mike Byrnes avatar Mike Byrnes | Jun 11, 2019 16:08:06
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