Through The Static

March 13, 2008

An Enduring Measure of Fitness: The Simple Push-Up

Filed under: Culture,Gender,Health — Tranimal @ 4:49 pm

NY Times:

As a symbol of health and wellness, nothing surpasses the simple push-up.

The push-up is the ultimate barometer of fitness. It tests the whole body, engaging muscle groups in the arms, chest, abdomen, hips and legs. It requires the body to be taut like a plank with toes and palms on the floor. The act of lifting and lowering one’s entire weight is taxing even for the very fit.

I use to be able to do 20. I can now only do like 5. I also think it’s interesting when it notes in this quote: “And while anybody can do a push-up, the exercise has typically been part of the male fitness culture. “It’s sort of a gender-specific symbol of vitality,” said R. Scott Kretchmar, a professor of exercise and sports science at Penn State. “I don’t see women saying: ‘I’m in good health. Watch me drop down and do some push-ups.’”, about women and how it’s just not socially… pushed for women to be fit. Just… skinny. Sad.

No wonder I wanted to join up the Army.


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