The exercise Blog of About.com challenges you to do the pushup fitness test.
To qualify as being in good shape you would have to fulfill this criteria:
- A 20-year-old man, being able to do 36 pushups (all with good form)
- A 39-year-old woman, doing 27 pushups (on your knees) and so on
You are told to work yourself up to better fitness levels with modifications and work yourself up from there. There are many reasons we could be paying attention:
- Push-ups are an excellent way to improve all over body fitness
- Done the correct way, pushups bring together the benefits of weight lifting, stretching and cardiovascular training
- Good for your heart
- Builds lean muscle
- Improves strength
- Improves endurance
Reasons enough to take that pushup challenge wouldn’t you say. There is more information about how to do pushups and their modified (read simpler to perform) versions here.