Last week I read a Runner’s World article titled I Did 30 Burpees for 15 Days and Here’s What Happened. The author, obviously an avid runner, said that doing the burpees improved her running and gave her more energy in the long run. Reading that article inspired this week’s Ed Tech Fitness challenge.
What’s a Burpee?
A burpee is an exercise that begins in a standing position from which you squat down then kick your feet back into a plank position, return to the squat and then jump up. There are many variations on the exercise. If you’re not ready to do a full burpee, you can try a half burpee (just the squat to plank and back) or a squat-thrust with support (place hands on a solid, immobile object and kick your legs back until you’re at a 45 degree angle then return to standing). Here’s a list of nine variations on the burpee. Here’s a video on how to properly do the classic burpee.
I’m not suggesting that this week you start doing 30 burpees every day. (Go for it if you think you’re up for it). Instead, let’s start with something a little less intense. Try doing five burpees twice a day this week. Use one of the variations on the classic burpee if you need to. The point is to try something new and get a little bit of core exercise. I’m going to do mine in the morning and then before my indoor bike training.
Are you ready to give this challenge a try? This is the toughest physical challenge, yet. I ordered a test run of Ed Tech Fitness t-shirts. I have five of them to give away. If you complete the challenge and do daily check-ins on the Ed Tech Fitness Flipgrid, I’ll send one to you (in the U.S only, sorry).
I have a bunch of Ed Tech Fitness stickers. If you would like one, send me an email with your mailing address and I’ll put one in the mail for you.
Have a great week!
My lawyer tells me that it’s a good idea to remind you that I am not a medical or fitness professional. If you have questions or doubts about your fitness, please consult your physician before embarking on a new exercise regime.