Pushups and Art

As any good millennial I over indulge in self help content. Armed with a wealth of productivity and habit building hacks I set out to accomplish my goal.

Flabby armed and over motivated I sat on the couch watching YouTube. A fitness channel’s host was talking about advice that their Dad had given them.

“If you want to have a solid frame as you get older, just make sure that you do pushups. Do a hundred a day.”

All of that is well and good if you are a perpetual pusher upper.

I tend to over estimate how much I can do. This yields results that are not surprising. I try something, I go too hard, I may succeed and if I do it is not done well. I can’t repeat this task the next time I try to do it. Feeling defeated I never try again.

The pushups that day were no different. I got to 60. Not in a row, but in a session. Your assumptions are probably correct. I was incredibly sore.

As any good millennial I over indulge in self help content. Armed with a wealth of productivity and habit building hacks I set out to accomplish my goal.

I was determined to do 100 pushups in a day. I had a problem though and it was that I could barely do more than half of the daily requirement. Even maxing out I was out of the game for the next few days.

As embarrassing as it is to admit. I had to start almost from zero. I started with 25 a day for an entire week. Then 40, 50, 60…

After six weeks I was able to do 100 in a day without losing my ability to do more the following day. Those six weeks have come and gone. I now have much different fitness goals for myself. It doesn’t matter how long it took me to get to a 100 a day, what matters is that I can do a 100 in a day. It took self awareness to achieve my goal. I tried, I failed, but I didn’t quit.

Creating is the same way. You have to try, embarrass yourself as you fail, and then figure out exactly where you are at. What can you reasonably do consistently without burning out.

The goal is not to work out only once. It is to figure out how to have a consistently healthy lifestyle.

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After spending my 20's not trying I am spending my 30's trying.

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Jon Kuhn

After spending my 20's not trying I am spending my 30's trying.

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