100k pushups in 1000 days

Developing habits and sticking to them

Posted by Janne Cederberg on February 28, 2015
Category: sports

TL;DR

  • Self-experiment on habit development
  • Do 100 pushups/day (with variations/progressions when suitable)
  • Complete a total of 100 000 pushups
  • Why? To get exercise and yes, to do a self-experiment.

Pushup log

Pushup log in reverse chronological order; also empty days are marked to keep me accountable :) Data is added retrospectively roughly once in 1-2 weeks.

Day# Date DoW Pushups Comments
91 24 Mar 2016 Thu 125
90 22 Mar 2016 Tue 125
89 20 Mar 2016 Sun 100
88 08 Mar 2016 Tue 125
87 03 Mar 2016 Thu 125
86 25 Dec 2015 Fri 50
85 23 Dec 2015 Wed 100
84 17 Dec 2015 Thu 100
83 16 Dec 2015 Wed 125
82 15 Dec 2015 Tue 25
81 12 Dec 2015 Sat 75
80 10 Dec 2015 Thu 150
79 09 Dec 2015 Wed 50
78 29 Nov 2015 Sun 125
77 17 Nov 2015 Tue 150
76 13 Nov 2015 Fri 125
75 06 Nov 2015 Fri 100
74 26 Oct 2015 Mon 100
73 24 Oct 2015 Sat 100
72 23 Oct 2015 Fri 25
71 21 Oct 2015 Wed 100
70 08 Oct 2015 Thu 100
69 07 Oct 2015 Wed 60
68 02 Oct 2015 Fri 120
67 25 Aug 2015 Tue 100
66 28 Jul 2015 Tue 50
65 27 Jul 2015 Mon 50
64 25 Jul 2015 Sat 50
63 23 Jul 2015 Thu 50
62 22 Jul 2015 Wed 100 In addition 2x5 vertical pushups
61 21 Jul 2015 Tue 100 In addition 5 vertical pushups
60 17 Jul 2015 Fri 25
59 15 Jul 2015 Wed 25
58 13 Jul 2015 Mon 100
57 11 Jul 2015 Sat 25
56 07 Jul 2015 Tue 100
55 06 Jul 2015 Mon 100
54 02 Jul 2015 Thu 25
53 01 Jul 2015 Wed 75
52 25 Jun 2015 Thu 25
51 24 Jun 2015 Wed 75
50 23 Jun 2015 Tue 100
49 21 Jun 2015 Sun 25
48 15 Jun 2015 Mon 130
47 14 Jun 2015 Sun 100
46 13 Jun 2015 Sat 100
45 12 Jun 2015 Fri 100
44 11 Jun 2015 Thu 50
43 06 Jun 2015 Sat 25
42 05 Jun 2015 Fri 100
41 04 Jun 2015 Thu 100
40 02 Jun 2015 Tue 150
39 01 Jun 2015 Mon 50
38 30 May 2015 Sat 75
37 29 May 2015 Fri 25
36 28 May 2015 Thu 100
35 27 May 2015 Wed 50
34 25 May 2015 Mon 25
33 05 May 2015 Tue 60
32 03 May 2015 Sun 60 Alternating knee to side
31 01 May 2015 Fri 30
30 30 Apr 2015 Thu 90
29 29 Apr 2015 Wed 30
28 27 Apr 2015 Mon 120
27 26 Apr 2015 Sun 60
26 13 Apr 2015 Mon 120
25 06 Apr 2015 Mon 60
24 04 Apr 2015 Sat 120
23 03 Apr 2015 Fri 90
22 02 Apr 2015 Thu 60
21 01 Apr 2015 Wed 30
20 31 Mar 2015 Tue 100
19 29 Mar 2015 Sun 30
18 28 Mar 2015 Sat 60
17 27 Mar 2015 Fri 60
16 26 Mar 2015 Thu 90
15 24 Mar 2015 Tue 60
14 23 Mar 2015 Mon 60
13 21 Mar 2015 Sat 90
12 20 Mar 2015 Fri 60
11 18 Mar 2015 Wed 30
10 15 Mar 2015 Sun 100
9 08 Mar 2015 Sun 140
8 07 Mar 2015 Sat 60
7 06 Mar 2015 Fri 170
6 05 Mar 2015 Thu 30 Standard
5 04 Mar 2015 Wed 100 pushups
4 03 Mar 2015 Tue 100 to 90°
3 02 Mar 2015 Mon 100 elbow angle
2 01 Mar 2015 Sun 100 in sets of
1 28 Feb 2015 Sat 100 30 usually.
TOTAL (91 days) 7330 (~ 80/day)

Background

A few days ago I read an article on why one should be building habits and systems instead of (only) thinking about some really far-off goals.

In short, the point was that developing habits and sticking to them provides you with a very clear metric: you can easily tell whether you’ve completed your whatever daily routine. The other good part with this is a sense of accomplishment arising from sticking to what you set out to do.

On a larger scale, of course if so desired, you can align your small daily habits in accord to completing something much larger. But the point is not to focus on the far-off big thing but on being content in completing the small steps that take you toward the bigger objective.

Developing habits

They say it takes somewhere between 30-60 days to develop a habit. This was referenced for example in the previous article. What happens if you take a relatively small task and repeat it for say a 1000 days?

Pushups

I’m not a fitness expert, personal trainer or anything like that. I used to practise basketball eight times per week but that was 15 years ago. In the past year I haven’t exercised much and want that to change.

So partially just to get the exercise and partially as an experiment on myself, I’m starting with the following:

  • 100 pushups/day
  • complete a total of 100 000 pushups
    • so that’s 1000 days (approx. 2 years, 9 months if done every day, which I’m not doing)
  • use variations/progressions on pushups as seems fit

Finishing thoughts

Getting exercise and doing a self-experiment on developing and retaining habits; with only a few minutes of time spent per day. Let’s see what comes out of it.

What kind of a habit would you like to develop?

What kind of a habit would you like to develop for yourself and why?



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