I am a big believer in doing basic exercises, push ups are definitely one of them. The most I have every done is 70 in 50 seconds! Here is a great article by Men’s Fitness that highlights 3 Ways to improve your push ups.
3 Ways to Improve Your Pushup
Get more out of the pushup than ever before with these quick and easy fixes.
Pushups are a great upper-body workout, touted for their ability to develop a strong, muscular chest, cannonball shoulders, and arms worthy of recognition. However, there are many other things that pushups do for the body, and falling behind in one area can render pushups ineffective, leading to disappointment and, in more serious cases, injuries. Next time you go to do pushups, keep these issues in mind.
THE ISSUE: Weak Core
Exercises such as the plank improve core endurance, which are critical for stability during a pushup. The ability to hold that classic pushup position is directly correlated to how long you can hold a plank and is an indicator of overall core strength. A weak core can lead to a “sag” in the lower back that changes the angle of the shoulder joints and how the muscles are being worked. Changing this angle, or positioning, can lead to serious injury and diminished results. Work planks into your routine 1-2 days per week for 3-4 sets of maximum holds.
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Nutrition Q&A: Am I Eating Too Many Eggs?
Eggs are one of the best protein sources—but then there’s the whole cholesterol thing. Here, an MF expert gives you the straight-up answer.
From Men’s Fitness by: Rebecca Webber
Q: “Is there such a thing as too many whole eggs or egg yolks? I know they contain cholesterol, but I’m currently eating six a day while cutting.”
A: Whoa, there! Six eggs a day is far too many, no matter how you cut it. An egg has 187 mg of cholesterol, and the recommended limit is 300 mg per day—or only 200 mg if you have diabetes or risk factors for heart disease. “You can probably get away with one egg a day,” says Maxine Smith, R.D., L.D. a dietician at the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Human Nutrition. “Though if you’re high risk, limit yourself to two per week.”
Don’t believe it? A 2008 report from the Physicians Health Study backs up Smith’s suggestion, finding that eating one egg per day is generally safe—but that more than that can increase your heart disease risk later in life. (Note that we’re talking about yolks here. You can have unlimited whites.)
The recommendation is still to be conservative, says Smith, because some people have an outsized response to dietary cholesterol. “But we don’t know who those people are,” she explains. And if you are also eating a diet high in saturated fat, the cholesterol in eggs can have a more profound effect on your bad “LDL” cholesterol levels.
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From Men's Health
Remember diet is critical to seeing your abs check out the Body Fat Solution by Tom Venuto
Leave the crunching to the accountants this tax season. “If you want to reveal your six-pack, you need to blast your abs and strip away the fat that covers them,” says BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S., metabolic training expert and owner of StreamFit.com. One of the best ways to do that: mountain climbers, which strengthen your entire core and send your metabolism through the roof. That’s why this Train for Life challenge includes five—yes, five!—demanding variations of the the exercise. Each version is harder than the next. Will you make it to the summit of Mount Metabolism?
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