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FIT EXAMPLE

July 5, 2011Read: 1 Corinthians 11

"Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ." --1 Corinthians 11:1

Quote of the Week

"Good or bad, may we never let our fitness be a distraction from our witness."

--J.P.

What are your faith and fitness goals for the second half of the year? Let us know in our comments section below.

WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: MASTERING THE PUSH-UP

A few days ago, we got a question about the push-ups in Week 2 of our book, "PrayFit: Your Guide to a Healthy Body and a Stronger Faith in 28 Days." Whether you're new to the exercise or you're a seasoned athlete, the push-up is a tough but fantastic exercise that targets your chest, shoulders, triceps and to a lesser extent your core musculature. So mastering it, even through the initial road bumps, is a good idea.

(NOTE: If you have pre-existing limitations or joint issues that prevent you from performing the push-up or even the less difficult incline push-up, modify the activity however necessary. And remember, always consult your physician before attempting a new exercise routine.)

>> Try this. Begin your push-ups in standard position and perform as many as you can -- even if it's just a few. Then, when you can no longer do push-ups in this position, move to the modified version, where you let you knees rest on the floor. When you fatigue at the modified version, you can continue with incline push-ups, where your hands rest on an elevated surface such as a table, chair or low wall.

Rest only as long as it takes to get into position for the next move. After complete failure, rest 1-2 minutes and then repeat the sequence or move to your abs or even additional cardio. Be sure to record your effort, then beat that performance the next day and for the rest of the week.

>> VIDEO: Standard Push-Up

>> VIDEO: Incline Push-Up