Pushups and situps can make beginner athletes strong, but avoid overdoing it.
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If you've been sedentary for a long period or are relatively new to exercise, performing 50 pushups and situps each day will be difficult, and will certainly make you stronger. Eventually, though, your progress will plateau as your body grows accustomed to the work - and if you're already in shape, your body may require more challenging exercises. You'll also need to monitor yourself closely for signs of overuse and injury.
Doing 50 pushups and situps every day might be a lofty goal if you're new to exercise. If you're a seasoned athlete, it might not be enough of a workout to increase your strength.
Start from Scratch
Most beginners will not be able to perform more than a handful of good-form pushups from the toes. If you can't do any, lower your knees to the ground. Start with 10 sets of five repetitions at a time, with as much rest as needed to break up the sets. Since situps are relatively easier, you may be able to perform 50 repetitions without as much trouble. Start with five sets of 10 reps, or try two sets of 15 followed by two sets of 10.
50 a Day
Even once you build a solid foundation of strength, you still might not be able to do 50 situps or pushups in a single set. Challenge yourself with bigger sets, but space them out with as much rest as needed. You could do two sets of 25 situps with 90 seconds of rest, for example, or five sets of 10 pushups throughout your day, with several hours between the sets for recovery.
Move Up the Ranks
Once it becomes easy to do 50 situps or pushups in small sets, try to increase your reps. If you can perform 50 pushups in a single set, try 75 or 100 every few days. Since situps recruit larger muscle groups, your capacity will improve more quickly. Increase your goal to 100, 150 or 200, but take a few days' rest in between. Overdoing it puts you at risk for injury, so be sure to mix up your routine with other types of exercise.
Correcting Your Form
No matter how many pushups and situps you can do, completing them with improper form puts you at real risk for injury. For situps, be sure not to grip your neck tightly with your hands, and sit up with a tall spine. Correct pushup form puts your body in a long, straight plank, with abs engaged to support your back. Stack your shoulders over your wrists and keep your elbows as tight to your body as you can.