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Burpee overview

posted by Joshua on June 25, 2012 in Blog, Fitness, Freedom
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[This post is part of a series on my daily exercise and starting and keeping challenging habits. If you don’t see a Table of Contents to the left, click here to view the series, where you’ll get more value than reading just this post.]

Yesterday I started to consolidate posts on burpees but when I realized it was the day after the six month anniversary of starting doing them daily, I wrote a six-month review, which ended up as a long post on friendship, freedom, and motivation.

It reinforces that sharing what you love fills your life with sharing, love, and the stuff you love. As people who have read all my posts on the Model and Method know, a thing’s value, meaning, and purpose come from the emotions it evokes in you. When I talk about burpees, whatever words I use, I’m talking about friendship, freedom, and motivation.

Why burpees?

Top thirteen reasons to make burpees part of your daily routine

  1. They put me in the best shape of my life
    1. At 41 years old
    2. After a lifetime of athleticism including playing Ultimate Frisbee at the Nationals and Worlds level
  2. Zero cost
  3. Zero equipment
  4. Negligible risk of injury
  5. Can learn to do them in seconds
  6. Documented by fitness experts as single best exercise
  7. Under five minutes per day
  8. Can do them anywhere, any time, in any weather
  9. Don’t interfere with any other workouts
  10. Can work at any level — just do as many or as few as you want
  11. Many variations can work specific parts of body
  12. They make you feel great
  13. Teach discipline, dedication, drive, and focus

If you know of any other exercise with these advantages, please tell me. In the meantime, I don’t see how you can beat daily burpees.

All you want and need to know about burpees — what’s a burpee, how to start, how I started, references to more, etc.

Anyway, now I have more to consolidate. Here are my posts on burpees (if you’re reading the series, clicking the table of contents to the left instead of the links below will be faster. If you aren’t reading the series, click here for it):

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9 responses on “Burpee overview

  1. And thanks for sharing!

    Just this paragraph:

    “Anyway, I do burpees for structure and discipline. When you do something daily, without fail, you enable so much more in life. I can’t tell you the value it brings to have a major part of your life taken care of. People stress about weight, dieting, exercise, and so on so much in my society. A complete waste of their time and attention, if you ask me. My mind is free for so much other stuff. Seriously, the most emotion I expend about my weight is looking at my abs in the mirror after I work out. And that emotion is generally appreciation and satisfaction.”

    Has inspired me to try and get back on the exercise wagon.

    • Glad to hear it!

      It doesn’t have to be exercise, though, just to clarify. Structure and discipline come from many places — playing a musical instrument, gardening, learning a new language, dancing, etc.

      I’d love to hear how it goes for you.

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