The Downward Slant Pushup

I sort of  ‘invented’ this pushup variation  in my quest to do effective workouts without a gym when traveling. (I haven’t seen anyone else mention this sort of pushup online, but it’s possible it’s out there somewhere..).

Why the “downward slant pushup”?

  1. You’re working with more weight because more of your body’s weight is distributed toward your upper body
  2. It works your upper chest more than a horizontal pushup does (similar to an inclined bench press)
  3. Your shoulders get more of a workout…especially the taller the support is under your feet

This variation doesn’t replace the normal horizontal pushup, but is a good addition for extra upper chest and shoulder work.

So if you’re looking for another exercise you can do almost anywhere that gives some extra ‘oomph’ to your upper body (chest and shoulders), give the downward slant pushup a try and see if you like it!

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Mike’s Secret Fitness Weapon

The title is facetious, however, I’ve jumped on a trampoline since I was a teenager, and I still jump with my kids every so often even though I’m 52+. It’s really a great source of cardiovascular exercise and it’s much easier on your feet and leg joints compared to running.

I’m not graceful and don’t do many tricks, but I’ve always been able to go pretty high…;-).

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The Leg Press is Your Friend

Leg Press Machine

Leg Press Machine

The leg press machine works some of the largest muscles in your body (quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes). And when you’re working the largest muscles in your body, you’re burning a lot of calories!

On top of that, building these muscle groups makes it so you’re burning more calories even when you’re just sitting around (i.e., when you’re at rest).

Another version of the Leg Press Machine

Another version of the Leg Press Machine

Another thing I’ve noticed is that this machine does wonders for your butt (glutes). I didn’t have a leg press when I was doing workouts at home for a few years. Once I went back to the gym, I started doing leg press again…and my butt shaped up quickly and noticeably.

Now, some people will say that doing squats is better than doing the leg press…in terms of the intensity of the workout and the number of muscles worked (not just leg muscles). I believe this is true.

However, I’ve just never liked doing squats. I’ve tried them different ways and always found them uncomfortable to do and found myself often straining something and then not being able to do them again for some period of time due to pain.

Maybe I just never quite did them correctly (quite possible). However, between doing leg extensions, leg curls, and the leg press, I’m exercising those three large muscle groups quite intensely and I almost never experience discomfort or injure myself.

So, if you like doing squats and find you can do them without strains and injuries; that’s great.

Ultimately, though, the best workout exercises are the ones you’ll keep coming back to and doing again and again. And leg workouts–via the leg press or doing squats–are worth the investment in terms of calories burned (which is your best way to lose fat) and shapeliness of buttocks gained!


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Exercise and Circulation

Yes, exercise is the catalyst. That’s what makes everything happen: your digestion, your elimination, your sex life, your skin, hair, everything about you depends on circulation. And how do you increase circulation? By exercise.

— Jack LaLanne

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5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Launching!

Happy to announce the new blog and internet presence: Mike’s Fit After 50! It’s going to be all about staying active physically (and mentally) into your 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond.

The goal is to provide an inspirational and insightful stream of communication that raises the quality of your and my everyday life as you and I get older. We will have blog posts, videos,  photos, and social media messages.

You will not see overly tanned, muscle-bound weight-lifters telling you that you can be adonises like them! The focus here is on feeling good, looking good (for a 50-70+ woman or man), and being mentally alert and creative.

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