If I did my math right, today is my one-thousandth day of burpees, starting at one set of ten per day, now up to two sets of twenty-five per day.
That’s somewhere over 40,000 burpees. I’ve done them in North Korea, China, and across the U.S. Following the principle that if you miss one day you can miss two, if you miss two it’s all over, I haven’t missed one rep since starting.
They are about discipline and dedication as much as fitness. More important for some people, since I’ve done most of them on my own and no one would know if I skipped them, they are about integrity.
Some advantages to them I don’t mind repeating.
- They put me in the best shape of my life
- At over 40 years old
- After a lifetime of athleticism including playing Ultimate Frisbee at the Nationals and Worlds level and running five marathons
- Zero cost
- Zero equipment
- Negligible risk of injury
- Can learn to do them in seconds
- Documented by fitness experts as single best exercise
- Under five minutes per day
- Can do them anywhere, any time, in any weather
- Don’t interfere with any other workouts
- Can work at any level — just do as many or as few as you want
- Many variations can work specific parts of body
- They make you feel great
- Teach discipline, dedication, drive, and focus
Good luck with your burpees or other SIDCHAs!
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