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“My husband and I do the planks together, because misery loves company. “
Push Ups and Planks
My exercise routine has varied a lot over the years. I recall one year in high school where I ran every day–rain, snow, wind and even fog. I miss those days and I hope to run again eventually.
My current routine involves doing push ups and planks once a week, doing some stretching twice a week and a daily walk.
These are the traditional push ups, not on the knees. As much as I dread push up day and plank day, I will keep doing them, because of how much they help my body.
My goal is to eventually be able to do 50 push ups straight. I am at 30 straight now and then I finish up with 20 more if I am feeling strong or I break it up into 15 plus however many I think I can do (usually 7 or so). I finish with a 2:45 wall-sit.
My husband and I do the planks together, because misery loves company. We do two 1:13 front planks, one 1:35 reverse plank and two :45 second side planks on both sides. We are not really sure what the goal is, but we add on 5 seconds to the time when we feel up to it.
I guess the point of this post is to encourage you to start on your own body weight exercise routine. The work is challenging, but so good for you. Just start easy and slowly increase, you will be surprised how much definition you will begin to see in your body.
This article lists 15 reasons why they are beneficial, including mental health and the fact that you can do them almost anywhere. https://fitactiveliving.com/benefits-of-bodyweight-exercises/