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Pushups For People Who Can't Do Pushups

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Pushup Paula says YES, YOU CAN DO PUSHUPS!

Even if you've never done pushups before, even if you think you are too old, too out of shape, too weak, too tired, too bored, even if you think pushups aren't for genteel ladies and gentlemen, even if you would rather be eating chocolate and drinking white wine, Pushup Paula says YOu CAN do pushups and pushups are GOOD for you.

It's a matter of starting where you are and working up to greater success.

Pushup Poll: How do you Compare to Other Fitness Folks?

What is your Approach to Doing Pushups?

  • I do 100 every day before breakfast. Are you saying some people don't?
  • I did pushups years ago but now I do Aerobic Shopping instead.
  • I'm building up to it. I bench pressed the cat this morning.
  • I hate pushups. I'm a delicate, fragile flower that blossoms at afternoon teas.
  • What's a pushup?
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What's so Great About Pushups?

Pushup Paula says Pushups Build Body Strength

Pushup Paula says: "Oh my goodness. Many fitness aficionados claim that pushups are the single most important exercise for total body fitness? "

Paula says that pushups probably work more muscles of the body than any other strength building exercise. When you look at someone performing a pushup, you can see that he or she is working muscles in the arms, shoulders and back. You may not realize it by looking, but they are also working the highly critical core muscles that keep the body upright and protect the inner organs. In the regular pushup, the legs are getting a workout also!

Pushups are sufficiently important that almost all fitness workouts incorporate pushups in one form or another Even Hatha Yoga and Pilates have their own version of pushups.

Many fitness professionals and personal trainers say if you have only time or energy for a short workout, the three most important exercises to do are pushups, squats and abdominal crunches.

Pushup Bars
Pushup Bars

If Pushups Hurt Your Wrists

Use Pushup Bars for Protection

Tip: If your wrists hurt when you do pushups, consider using hand props as demonstrated in the video. The hand thingies are not just for jocks. They're a protective device for anyone, even beginners. In fact, they may be even more beneficial to beginners because they help those with weak wrists.

Turns out they're not actually called hand thingies. Fitness people call them Push -up Bars

Doing Wall Pushups
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Doing Wall Pushups

Start with Wall Pushups

Start Building up the Muscles

Pushup Paula has met people who cannot do even one pushup. As a matter of fact, she has met people who cannot even do a Girlie Pushup!

"No Problem," says Pushup Paula. "Just start building up your strength by doing wall pushups. Even pregnant women can do wall pushups without worries.

To do a wall pushup, stand about two feet away from the wall. Stretch your arms out and place your palms on the wall, straight ahead of you. The fingers should be pointing upwards. Lean forward, bending your elbows out to the side but keeping your fingers pointing upwards. Come close to the wall so your nose is almost touching. Push yourself back to the starting position.

If this is too difficult, move closer to the wall. If it is too easy, move farther away from the wall. Repeat the movement above eight times. Do three sets of eight Do this daily, gradually increasing until you can easily do three sets of fifteen. At that time, you are ready to move along to doing Girlile Pushups.

You can also do this movement against the sides of a swimming pool. It's a good addition to a water exercise class.

Girlie Pushups
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Girlie Pushups

Next Step: Girlie Pushups

If Wall Pushups are Too Easy

Pushup Paula has observed her wussiest students move up to doing Girlie Pushups, so she knows for sure it is possible.

To do a Girlie Pushup, lie on your stomach on the floor. Bend your knees so your shins are at a 90 degree angle. Place your hands palms down on the floor roughly beside your ears. The fingers point forward. The elbows reach out to each side.

Holding your body tight (this is where the core muscles come into play), push your body upwards and off the floor. Lower the body back down as far as you can go. Your body should not touch the floor, however. Repeat, doing sets and reps the same as you did with the wall pushups.

The wider apart your hands are positioned, the easier it will be. Adjust accordingly, gradually working it so your hands move closer to your body.

Lower your body as far down as you can go. If at first you cannot go low enough, do the best you can. The low position will come in time. When you can do this correctly and for several sets, move on to the regular pushup.

You can also perform a similar movement in the swimming pool. Go to deep water, place your hands on the top of the pool (not the sides, as in wall pushups). Haul yourself upwards and attempt to straighten your arms

The Perfect Pushup Video Demonstration - Avoid Pushup Injuries

Pushup Paula likes this man's approach. He demonstrates how to do girlie pushups and floor pushups the right way so you avoid injury to joints. This is his video for complete beginners. He has pushup videos for the advanced people at his web site. Plus, he's great eye candy. Paula urges you to watch the video.

Floor Pushups
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Floor Pushups

Final Step: Floor Pushups

Pushup Paula says you start floor pushups (aka men's pushups) from the same floor position that you use to start your girlie pushups. Instead of bending at the knees, you tuck your toes under and lift your body from that position.

For some unknown reason, fitness converts take great pride in doing 100 pushups at a time. Pushup Polly suspects that many reading this message are snickering at the very notion of doing 100 pushups. Maybe later.

Pushups Workout on the Stability Ball - An Alternative Way to do Pushups

Pushup Paula thinks doing pushups on the Stability Ball is a fun way to add variety to your workouts. In this video, a perky young woman demonstrates an advanced position on the ball. When you are finished laughing and saying, "Never in this lifetime," remember that there is a beginners position on the ball as well. The rule of thumb is this: The closer the ball is to your feet, the harder the exercise will be. Just move around on the ball until your middle is positioned over the ball and your feet stick out behind. When you are in a position that allows you to perform the pushups, proceed. As you improve in time, reposition yourself accordingly.

Shop for Stability Balls at Amazon - A Great Pushup Prop

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GoFit 65cm Professional Stability Ball

Stability balls are excellent exercise props. As you saw in the video above, doing pushup workouts on these balls is both fun and effective. Because you have the added challenge of keeping your balance, you work out your core muscles even more than in regular pushups.

Pushups aren't the only exercise you can do on a ball. The DVD included shows many others.

Also, if you spend much of your day at a computer, sitting on a stability ball periodically throughout the day is a wonderful way to improve posture and balance as well as strengthening back and core muscles.

 

Good Excuses for Not Doing Pushups - In Case You Run Out

Pushup Paula has heard it all when it comes to excuses for not doing pushups or other exercise. She is confident that you have plenty of good excuses of your own. However, in case you run out, you might borrow from celebs and other famous people.

Here's a dozen to get you started.

  1. I get my exercise acting as pallbearer to my friends who exercise. ~Chauncey Depew, also sometimes attributed in slightly different wording to Mark Twain
  2. I really don't think I need buns of steel. I'd be happy with buns of cinnamon. ~Ellen DeGeneres
  3. My idea of exercise is a good brisk sit. ~Phyllis Diller
  4. Aerobics: a series of strenuous exercises which help convert fats, sugars, and starches into aches, pains, and cramps. ~Author Unknown
  5. Exercise is a dirty word. Every time I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate. ~Author Unknown
  6. I consider exercise vulgar. It makes people smell. ~Alec Yuill Thornton
  7. I believe that the Good Lord gave us a finite number of heartbeats and I'm damned if I'm going to use up mine running up and down a street. ~Neil Armstrong on jogging, in an interview with Walter Cronkite
  8. I am pushing sixty. That is enough exercise for me. ~Mark Twain
  9. Exercise is the yuppie version of bulimia. ~Barbara Ehrenreich
  10. Whenever I feel like exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes. ~Robert M. Hutchins
  11. The word aerobics came about when the gym instructors got together and said, "If we're going to charge $10 an hour, we can't call it jumping up and down." ~Rita Rudner
  12. Walking isn't a lost art: one must, by some means, get to the garage. ~ Evan Esar

Who is Pushup Paula?

Yeah, but who is she REALLY?

Pushup Paula is LOOSELY based on a gal who uses a different alias in real life. I'm not about to blow her cover. She teaches a martial art, fer heaven's sakes. My mamma didn't raise no idiots.

However, if you would like a clue, I invite you to visit the following link: North Shore Tai Chi Spirit

If you happen to live in Metro Vancouver, drop in to one of the classes. Mention the code words "Pushup Paula" and you'll get a warm welcome (I'm almost sure.)


 Last updated on September 9, 2014

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KarenTBTEN 4 years ago

Never managed to do pushups in all my years of PE -- when I went down I didn't make it back up. I think PE teachers in the 80's maybe weren't versed enough in how to help people who struggled with them.


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junecampbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@KarenTBTEN: You are correct, I believe. The secret is to start where you are and gradually build up. I cannot yet do a regular pushup, but I can see the progress and I'm optimistic that one day I will. Thanks for posting.


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TreasuresBrenda 4 years ago from Canada Level 4 Commenter

How'd you know I couldn't do a pushup? Yesh, I've never been able to do them. Great information!


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junecampbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@TreasuresBrenda: They are a major challenge for me, that is for sure.


anonymous 4 years ago

Love it!! And your excuses are wonderful!! Women especially need more upper body strength, and starting somewhere is the whole point. You don't' have to do what all the other jocks do!


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junecampbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@anonymous: Exactly -- you can start where you are and work up. Seniors especially need to maintain or build upper body strength. I means being able to get of bed or get up after using the bathroom. Thanks for commenting.


Fit_Over_40_Buzz 4 years ago

I just found your lens. I like it a lot. Thanks for building it. Gave you a thumbs up.


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junecampbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@Fit_Over_40_Buzz: Thank you for the kind comment.


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sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu Level 2 Commenter

very interesting and instructive lens. i am beginning wall pushups. thanks.


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junecampbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@sukkran trichy: Good for you. Start where you can and work up. Thanks for commenting.


anonymous 3 years ago

Wonderfully instructive yet funny lens. Nicely done nightcats! I have lens rolled it to my Busy Moms Aerobic Fitness lens.


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@anonymous: Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it. Will give you a lensroll too


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LisaDH 3 years ago Level 2 Commenter

I love the humor in this lens, particularly the list of exercise excuses. I'm pretty sure I've used most of those. :-) But I do need to start exercising, so maybe I should try some girlie pushups.


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@LisaDH: Great! Pushup Paula is happy if she has inspired someone to start moving!


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LouiseKirkpatrick 3 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

I'm getting married next year and I REALLY need to start getting in shape - but Squidoo keeps making me a Couch Potato! However, Pushup Paula and her humour has inspired me and I'm going to take her advice and start with wall pushups - wish me luck! :)


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@LouiseKirkpatrick: Pushup Paula wishes you the best of luck, and also best wishes for your upcoming wedding. Think of how awesome you will be in your wedding gown once you have defined your upper body muscles.


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MargoPArrowsmith 3 years ago

Lots of great information!


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@MargoPArrowsmith: Thank you!


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Louis Wery 3 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

I think that I've used up the excuses and now I need to exercise! Thanks for the direction!


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@Louis Wery: Oh it eventually comes down to this, doesn' it?


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FanfrelucheHubs 3 years ago from France (Canadian expat) Level 1 Commenter

I do the girlie pushups, I used to do the real thing but I somewhat lost it.


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@FanfrelucheHubs: Girlie pushups are good too. Many of us are still working up to the girlie variety.


anonymous 3 years ago

Just the encouragement I need - great lens


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@anonymous: When Christmas is over, we will all be needing encouragement. LOL


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Ann Hinds 3 years ago from So Cal Level 3 Commenter

OK, this is cute and funny but I get the point. Good job!


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@Ann Hinds: Thank you!


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MoonandMagic 3 years ago

Great little lens, I always intend to do pushups and situps, sometimes I manage to do some everyday and then I just forget...for a few months. I feel a little guilt now, sorry Pushup Paula I promise not to be so lazy! :)


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@MoonandMagic: Pushup Paula is pleased with your new committment.


yourpersonaldiet 3 years ago

Nice lens. Thanks for sharing it.


totalhealth 3 years ago

great tips on how to start doing push ups.


totalhealth 3 years ago

great tips on how to start doing push ups.


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@totalhealth: Thanks.


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cbessa 3 years ago

not shamed in say that i will start with the girllie ones. :-)

thanks for the tips


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@cbessa: I'm still doing the girlie ones. LOL


anonymous 3 years ago

What a great beginner exercise site especially for the elderly and or those who are "out of shape" , (yes I am referring to you, Dad! lol) !


FitnessUncovered 3 years ago

Narrow push ups will target the tricpes more than the chest, hence them being a lot harder. Dumbbell bench pressing can help build up your strength, also.


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@FitnessUncovered: Good to know. Thanks for the tips.


GetSillyProduct 3 years ago

I never new pushups were so beneficial!


anonymous 3 years ago

I'm out and about for the Angels April Fools' Day Quest

~ Squidoo Angel Blessings ~


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@anonymous: Cool! I didn't know there was an Angels April Fools Day Quest --- thanks for leaving blessings for Pushup Paula.


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UKGhostwriter 3 years ago

Brilliant! - I love it, great lens


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@UKGhostwriter: Thanks!


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ElizabethJeanAl 3 years ago

I hate doing push ups but they are a part of a good fitness routine.


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@ElizabethJeanAl: So true!


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ChrisDay LM 3 years ago

You just might have inspired me - but then again . . .


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@UKGhostwriter: LOL Some days I do not even inspire myself ...


anonymous 3 years ago

Great lens. Just what I needed to get motivated. I would rather have tea but lifting the tea cup is the first step.


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@anonymous: Exactly. You have to start somewhere.


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mattseefood lm 3 years ago

More power to push ups! I also make lenses on using your own bodyweight for exercises! More power to you


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@mattseefood lm: Any form of exercise is good!


LensSeller 3 years ago

What a brilliant way to get over some excellent advice. Glad you managed to get Pushup Paula to share her secrets nightcats!


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@LensSeller: Pushup Paula thanks you.


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sushilkin lm 3 years ago

Great lens. Thanks for sharing.


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TolovajWordsmith 3 years ago from Ljubljana Level 3 Commenter

Educational AND funny. My kind of lens. Thumbs up!


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@TolovajWordsmith: Thank you!


anonymous 3 years ago

Exercise is so important, wall pushups area great way to start!


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@anonymous: You are so right. Upper body strength is important, especially as we age.


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Joan Haines 3 years ago

Starting with wall pushups and working up to "real" ones is smart!


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@Joan Haines: Yes. It's a progression.


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articol 3 years ago

This is one of the best lenses I have read. Informative and entertaining at the same time. Great work


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@articol: Thanks! I appreciate your positive comments.


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CherylsArt 3 years ago from West Virginia Level 6 Commenter

Great lens! I loved reading about Pushup Paula, and gave her a link on my lens as-seen-on-tv-shake-weight-review.


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@CherylsArt: Wow! Pushup Paula thanks you!


gduncan 3 years ago

Like your lens!

I just posted a video of the "perfect pushup" to my lens. Check it out and let me know what you think!


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franstan lm 3 years ago

This is a great lens. I love all the ideas for push-ups. Blessed by a Squid Angel on the Labor Day bus.


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choosehappy 3 years ago from US

Blessed! Great tips---on building up to the perfect push up. Those standing wall push ups really did help me way back when to get going....!


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@choosehappy: Always good to hear an experienced voice confirming my message. Thanks for letting me know.


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@franstan lm: Thank you so much! I greatly appreciate this.


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KiwiSanet 3 years ago

Those excuses are funny. I am at the girlie push up stage. (Grinning)


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@KiwiSanet: Me too!


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hlkljgk 3 years ago from Western Mass

ha! thanks for the laugh - and reminder to get off my butt (which means "computer")


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@hlkljgk: Yep. Butt and computer mean the same thing here too!


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Gypzeerose 3 years ago Level 4 Commenter

Wonderful lens - we need to quit our excuses. My physical therapist gave me some of this to do after I was recovering from mastectomy.


littlemisstweediebird 3 years ago

loving the excuses! why is it the best exercise to do but I find it the most difficult! def a wall stage and wishing I could get to floor stage one day ;)


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@littlemisstweediebird: Ah well. That's the story of life. The thing that is most difficult is often the best thing for us. Sigh.


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Fanstanding LM 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing! This is encouraging for people, who make excuses of not doing pushups, to do pushups.


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norma-holt 2 years ago Level 4 Commenter

Just what I needed to read today. Great lens on a good subject for health and fitness. Hugs


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KandH 2 years ago

Really great tips - well done!


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@KandH: Thanks!


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favored 2 years ago from USA Level 7 Commenter

I like the wall push-up. It's something to build up to besides picking up cats all day:)


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@favored: Yes, that is correct. Although Pushup Polly's cat does recommend continuing with the Cat Press as well.


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PTurner56 2 years ago

I like the idea of starting with the wall pushup. Excellent way to get started! Good job!


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@PTurner56: Thank you for commenting.


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Bobbala 2 years ago

Great lens. Thank you.


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@Bobbala: Thank you for visiting.


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Edwardjames81 2 years ago

A fun lens this - good job.


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@Edwardjames81: Thanks for visiting!


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ViJuvenate 2 years ago

Did you draw Pushup Paula yourself? Great job. I have my kids do my artwork. LOL


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@ViJuvenate: Yes, I did draw Pushup Paula. No kids available.


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TTMall 2 years ago

Very informative lens. Well done!


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TTMall 2 years ago

Very informative lens. Well done!


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@TTMall: Thank you!


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greenmind 2 years ago

hah! great lens, serious and funny at the same time. thanks!


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goo2eyes lm 2 years ago

i can't do push-ups. i'm afraid to break my bones. thank you for sharing and blessings for this healthy contribution.


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sousababy 2 years ago

Oh forget the stability ball, I'm using the wall (and can do 20 now - ha). Great lens!


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@sousababy: Hi and thanks for visiting.


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@goo2eyes lm: Safety is always first when it comes to any form of exercise


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@greenmind: Thanks for visiting.


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RomanaSwan 2 years ago

Very useful tips! I was wondering how can I add pushups to my daily regimen.


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@RomanaSwan: Thanks for posting and good luck!


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MelonyVaughan 2 years ago

What a brilliant lens! Well done!


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@MelonyVaughan: Thank you!


anonymous 2 years ago

I love the progression here, though I'm a delicate, fragile flower that blossoms at afternoon teas and have not done a push up for years, starting with the way and maybe staying with the wall makes good sense to me! I do sit on my stability ball most of the day when I'm working. May Pushup Paula encourage many to better fitness!


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi there, Delicate Flower! Welcome to Pushup Paula's Den of Perspiration.


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squid-pinkchic18 2 years ago

I've been working on doing more and more push ups, they are definitely a good exercise. Tough though!


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@squid-pinkchic18: You are right. Pushups are not easy.


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Rangoon House 2 years ago Level 1 Commenter

Well the title of this lens certainly jumped out at me. Am definitely in the category of aerobic shopper! Blessings.


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@Rangoon House: Swipe that VIsa! Great tricep workout!


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WriterJanis2 2 years ago Level 5 Commenter

I love this lens! Hate pushups, but you give a great way to work up to them. Blessed!


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@WriterJanis2: Thank you! Yes, working up to pushups is definitely the way to go


anonymous 2 years ago

I agree pushups are beneficial and required irrespective of the age.


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@anonymous: For sure, they benefit people of all ages.


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Fcuk Hub 2 years ago

I can't wake up with no push ups, I can't go to sleep with none also :)


Kammyhaynes 2 years ago

I love this lens! Hate pushups, but you give a great way to work up to them. Blessed! canadian pharmacy


trendydad 2 years ago

nice lens about pushups...I love the wall pushups


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Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia Level 6 Commenter

Wonder if I could get away with doing ONLY wall push-ups and never moving on from there? The others look too hard....LOL. Thanks for the encouragement. I just did ONE set of 8 to try it out.... :-).


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@Wednesday-Elf: Congrats on your one set! Remember the saying, a journey begins with a single step.


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Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia Level 6 Commenter

@junecampbell: So true -- actually, I ended up doing 3 sets this morning. Then I took a long walk. Oops, I may have started something I can't stop! I know my waistline would appreciate it. :)


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Linda Pogue 2 years ago from Missouri Level 1 Commenter

I am working up to girlie push-ups. May take a while, though. Blessings!


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imThemis 2 years ago

What a interesting approach to push-ups!


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@imThemis: Yep, It works, too.


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MelanieMurphyMyer 2 years ago

What a great lens! Made me smile. :) When I do push-ups, they are always wall push-ups. But I did earn the Presidential Fitness Award back in high school many moons ago, and that required girlie push-ups. :)


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@MelanieMurphyMyer: Thanks for visiting! Girlie push ups are just great.


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ottoblotto 2 years ago

Entertaining and well written.


JoshK47 2 years ago

Excellent lens - very well presented with awesome info! Blessed by a SquidAngel!


anonymous 2 years ago

Very cool presentation! But pls can you just explain dis section--->"You can also perform a similar movement in the swimming pool. Go to deep water, place your hands on the top of the pool (not the sides, as in wall pushups). Haul yourself upwards and attempt to straighten your arms" a lil further 4 my understanding. Thanks! Nice Job


rongreenwood 2 years ago

Haha... I can't push up until now, because my stomach is very big..

i think, i should to loss weight first, and i use kettlebell workouts program now. But, this Lens is great. Step-by-step make me know everythink about the basic of push up.

Thanks for the info..!


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StewartClan 2 years ago

Hello, I really loved this lens. It is nice to see someone taking a more lighthearted view of exercise. We know we have to do it - and we can still laugh at it! I am going to have another go at push-ups after reading this lens. I like the look of that ball pushup idea too! I liked this lens!


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@StewartClan: Thank you! And thanks for visiting.


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@StewartClan: Thank you! And thanks for visiting.


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LynetteBell 2 years ago

Really nice lens...think I might be able to do the wall pushup!


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@LynetteBell: Good! Thanks for visiting.


CristianStan 2 years ago

I can't remember my last pushup, I should start going to the gym again, another thing to add on my to do list :)


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CelebStyle LM 2 years ago

Great way to start out slow and easy and work your way up...wonder if I can start a new years resolution in July?


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kmyangel 2 years ago

I love to workout either jogging or home workouts, I even did a lens with free workout videos if you are interested!


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@CelebStyle LM: I think New Years Resolutions are flexible. You can start them any time. LOL


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@kmyangel: Thanks, I will check that out.


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jlshernandez 2 years ago

This was a fun lens that motivated me again to start doing pushups. It seems like I cannot even carry my own weight. But with the simple pushups you have illustrated, I can work my way up. Thanks for sharing.


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Lady Lorelei 2 years ago from Canada Level 6 Commenter

I suffer from a rare muscular illness so I have extreme muscle weakness. When I am in stronger periods then wall pushups are one of the exercises that I use to regain muscle. They are also great for trimming the tummy and firming the bustline and that is pretty nice.


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@jlshernandez: I have never been able to do the men's style pushups myself. I do the simpler ones instead. I am certain that you benefit from pushups at any level.


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@Lady Lorelei: Thanks for sharing that information. I am sorry to hear of your illness but I am happy that you are dealing with it through exercise and persistence.


anonymous 2 years ago

I have really bad knees and wrists so push ups can be quite difficult for me. I do however like doing wall pushups. I'm trying to lose 20 lbs for my best friends wedding and have started doing wall push ups to tone my arms. Will they help me get rid of that dreaded back of the arm flub?


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@anonymous: Well, pushups will tone your arm muscles and if you lose 20 pounds, that should take off some of the underarm flub. But in my experience, if you are over a certain age and have batwings, they are usually pretty persistent. That's why many women resort to cosmetic surgery.


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Cari Kay 11 2 years ago Level 4 Commenter

I am former military and used to really rock those pushups but after two c-sections, I had to switch to girlie ones :)


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@Cari Kay 11: Too bad, but then I guess you were well compensated with two adorable babies!


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KellyMediaBest LM 2 years ago

Push-ups ARE some of the best strength exercises that benefit almost every part of your body (if you do them in the right way, of course). They can get your heart beat up if you do enough of them in a row, and they strengthen and build lean muscles. Those quotes are pretty funny! Except for the bulimia one :/


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@KellyMediaBest LM: Thank for stopping by and commenting.


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ForestBear LM 2 years ago

Great lens, push-ups are so good for the body. Thank you for sharing


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@ForestBear LM: Thanks for visiting and commenting.


anonymous 2 years ago

o_o i cant do a push-upâ¦â¦ hmm⦠i need to start step one!


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Scarlettohairy 2 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. Level 3 Commenter

Love all the good excuses. I can relate. I do lift a cat every now and then so I'm sort of in training.


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@Scarlettohairy: I also lift a cat. My baby weighs 17 pounds, so its almost like exercise to cart him around. LOL


anonymous 2 years ago

Challenging when I have fibromyalgia to even do the simplest push ups, but you know what ... even if I can only do 1 to 5 a day, its been helping. Thank you for the encouragement to do what I can. - Refreshed the blessing and posted to FaceBook. :)


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@anonymous: Many thanks Tipi. It is always lovely to have a visit from you.


anonymous 2 years ago

I can do 3 girlie ones now!!! LOL!


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Joanne Reid 2 years ago from Prince Edward Island/Arizona Level 2 Commenter

Brilliant! Love this -- and I am starting with wall pushups!


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ReviewsfromSandy 2 years ago from Wisconsin Level 2 Commenter

I do finger lifts every day. Need to work on the rest.


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@ReviewsfromSandy: Finger lifts? Oh, good start. Well done! LOL


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eilval 2 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa Level 1 Commenter

What a great lens .... so encouraging ; now excuse now !


anonymous 2 years ago

good article and well written, made me giggle, yes i did bench press the cat this morning! :)


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@anonymous: My cat weighs 17 pounds or more. Bench pressing him is not a small matter. LOL


CristianStan 2 years ago

Hahaha. Very funny excuses. I admit I don't do push ups. Why? The excuses sound valid to me :) ...


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@CristianStan: Some days they sound valid to me too! LOL


anonymous 2 years ago

THANKS! Why can't I do a push-up? Why was I born without triceps? I started Insanity 3 days ago. I WILL have the ability to do boy push ups by Christmas!!


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tonybonura 24 months ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

Thanks for the tips. My doc tells me I need to exercise, but in the same breath almost tells me not to do the traditional exercises I'm used to doing. This should solve that problem.

TonyB


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RosaMorelli 24 months ago

I love your extremely useful and healthy module regarding exercise excuses. I can manage a single push-up on a Monday morning, by which means I persuade myself that the rest of the working week will, by comparison, be an absolute breeze :)


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PennyHowe 23 months ago

If I lay on the floor I may not get up again! Thanks for your helpful exercises.


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junecampbell 23 months ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@PennyHowe: Oh well, since you're on the floor anyway, you may as well do a few extra pushups.


anonymous 23 months ago

I got to start doing these again. Excellent write up.


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junecampbell 23 months ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@anonymous: Thank you!


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Gypzeerose 23 months ago Level 4 Commenter

Really enjoyed your lens - you have inspired me to try to do pushups! Pinned to my fitness and exercise board and blessed.


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junecampbell 23 months ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@Gypzeerose: Wow, thanks!!!!!!!!


jillian22 23 months ago

pushups using the exercise ball are difficult to master


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junecampbell 23 months ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@jillian22: Pushup Paula thinks ALL pushups are difficult to master. :-)


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sstock93 lm 23 months ago

Great info on Pushups. I recently started doing pushups just about every night. It is amazing how fast you can build your strength up.


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junecampbell 23 months ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@sstock93 lm: Yes, you can often see results quickly,which is encouraging.


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blancaverome 23 months ago

I wasn't able to do pushups after I had a C-section with my son for nearly a year. Then I just never got back into it. Definitely need to start again!


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i Dia1 23 months ago

I haven't done push-ups in years. I'd have to start with the wall push-ups. Thanks for the ideas.


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maryseena 22 months ago

Thanks to you I have found the perfect on for me - wall push up. I am not pregnant, mind you!


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Melissa Miotke 22 months ago from Arizona Level 1 Commenter

I can actually manage a couple real push ups since we do the plank in our yoga practice but some of these other methods would help me last longer;)


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LouisaDembul 22 months ago

I have been stuck on the girlie push up trick for about a hundred years. At least it's better than nothing....:)


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cjbmeb14 lm 22 months ago

Liked to your idea of wall push ups then leading up to girlie push ups.

Thanks for the info.


bengraham 22 months ago

very helpful article- doing push ups on a swiss ball is a great idea, helps promote balance and core stability


anonymous 22 months ago

i might start doing pushups right now !


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kimark421 22 months ago

Great lens. Pushups are one of the best exercises to hit many different muscle groups. Thanks for sharing!


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aesta1 21 months ago

I had been wanting to do this. I will first try the wall push up. Thanks for sharing.


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CubScouter94 21 months ago Level 1 Commenter

I love this! This is great! Thanks for sharing!


anonymous 20 months ago

Thanxx:)


anonymous 20 months ago

Thanxx:)


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Virginia Allain 20 months ago from Central Florida Level 5 Commenter

I wasn't really considering doing pushups but your title caught my attention. I read every word and am even considering trying some wall pushups. Don't want to be a wuss all my life.


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InfoCoop 20 months ago

Great lens. I started 2 years ago and could only do one real push up. Kept at it daily and added one push-up per week until I could 50 at a time. Slow ans steady really does work.


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junecampbell 20 months ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@InfoCoop: It is amazing what we can do if we start small and build up,.


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NibsyNell 20 months ago

Those push up bars are just what I need! Thanks for the great advice. :)


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junecampbell 20 months ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@NibsyNell: Thanks for visiting.


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LilyBird 18 months ago

I injured my shoulder years ago and a muscle guy at the gym told me the best way to get shoulders in shape is push ups. I started with wall push ups, then counter push ups, then girlie push ups and my shoulders are in great shape. Floor push ups are next! Thanks for the video.


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thingz1 18 months ago

Great tips. Thanks.


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lgOlson 17 months ago from Northern Arizona

I love this article, like it was written for me! Now, I WILL start on my push up program since you blew my excuse that they only helped the arms and shoulders!


dudokdudok 17 months ago

Hilarious! Loved this lens. Perhaps it persuaded me to start with pushups again. I hope. Thanks Paula!


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Meganhere 16 months ago

This made me laugh.


anonymous 14 months ago

I am weak boy just of 19year old i can not do pushup but now i get imspired


anonymous 14 months ago

I am weak boy just of 19year old i can not do pushup but now i get imspired


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Diaper Bag Blog 13 months ago from Czech Republic Level 1 Commenter

I love pushups... It is my favorite exercise, because they help to shape flat belly...


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pcblogger lm 13 months ago

Great lens.. enjoyed reading


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DawnRae64 13 months ago from Maryland, USA Level 4 Commenter

fun lens!


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shay-marie 12 months ago from Southern California Level 3 Commenter

My husband is one of those nuts that does 100+ pushups every day. It's much cheaper than a gym membership!


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junecampbell 12 months ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@shay-marie: Pushup Paula is greatly impressed. Thanks for visiting.


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TerriCarr 7 months ago Level 5 Commenter

Really fantastic lens. Well written and FUNNY! I am working on plank poses (front and side) every day for 30 days and I can feel myself getting stronger. Maybe after I get comfortable with side plank, I will move on to a push up 30 day challenge.


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junecampbell 7 months ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@TerriCarr: Good for you. The plank is an excellent exercise, better for you than the crunch or many other exercises that are touted as being so great for the core.


TanoCalvenoa 4 months ago

Push ups hurt my wrists, so I do them on my knuckles (martial artists often do this).


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Adventuretravels 3 months ago from London UK Level 7 Commenter

I suppose I could start doing these too... but I don't like them at all they are really hard -even the girl ones!! lol Great lens.


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junecampbell 3 months ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Hub Author

@Adventuretravels: Thanks. Yes, they are hard. I agree.


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MEDerby 3 months ago

You inspired me to try. It's been too long. I can only manage the girl pushups, but your lens was so much fun I'm determined to keep going.


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Heidi Vincent 3 months ago from GRENADA Level 7 Commenter

Fun and very effective exercise kens, nightcats!


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tedwritesstuff24 3 months ago Level 1 Commenter

I'm about to progress from wall pushups to girlie pushups... too many years of beer and pizza!


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Donna Cook 3 months ago from Denver, Colorado USA Level 6 Commenter

Great lens! Wall pushups are enough for me.


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Elyn MacInnis 3 months ago from Shanghai, China Level 2 Commenter

Love the excuses, and love the idea of doing them on a wall...


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Merrci 6 weeks ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Level 7 Commenter

Looks great over here! Maybe I will try the wall pushups. I can't even get myself out walking though. Too hooked up to the computer. Perhaps this will inspire me! Enjoyed.

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