Exercise: Push-ups, Pull-ups, Crunches

Working out has long been a part of my daily routine. I work out on average 45-60 minutes a day, 5-6 days a week. The ROI on this time is very high: by working out an hour a day I believe I reap at least an hour of productivity throughout the rest of the day, in addition to various long-term health benefits of a better cardiovascular system and less stress and so on. I feel strongest when I’m on the treadmill and listening to music.

Most people know about the overwhelming evidence connecting regular exercise and physical health. I’m also intrigued by studies which link exercise and mental / cognitive ability.

In any event, I’ve recently undergone a shift in my work-outs. Whereas in the past I worked with weights/machines, my current one hour workout is as follows:

  • 15 mins on the bike
  • 20 mins on the treadmill
  • 3 sets of 20 push-ups
  • 2 sets of pull-ups (as many as I can do)
  • 3 sets of 12 crunches and leg lifts

Push-ups, pull-ups, crunches, stretching, some aerobics. Simple, easy, and I feel great.

Here’s an article which calls the push-up the enduring measure of fitness. And in this interview the senior VP of Westin Hotels says they have a "running concierge" at 30 of their locations who will run with you if you want to jog outside and make sure you don’t get lost and point out sights. Great idea.

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