Back to push-ups and sit-ups

I spoke to mom today and she mentioned that she had started up at a new gym and it got me thinking that I really need to get back into the swing of things. I’d been doing pretty well for a while, daily pushups and situps, but that seemed to wane away after I got back from Hawaii.

So tomorrow I’m starting again, same way as I did last time. I use a fairly simple formula: start with x pushups and y situps. Each thereafter, do x+1 pushups and y+1 situps. Continue x+1, y+1 until I can’t possibly go any higher. When I last left off, I was up to 30 pushups, twice a day (morning and evening). I’m too embarassed to mention how many sit-ups I could do. That was three months ago, so I’ll probably have to start lower.

I really should find a way to work in some cardio as well, but I’m so out of shape, cardio-wise, that it’s like climb out of painfully intense gravity well. I can barely think about running for 5 minutes, let alone 20 minutes three times a week. But if I don’t do it now, I’ll only regret it later.

Anyway, I’ll get started with the pushups and situps because I can do those in the comfort of my bedroom, first thing out of bed, like I was doing before, to get them over with. (Also, not a bad way to get the blood flowing at 6 AM.)

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Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.