Thursday, February 26, 2009

Squats vs. Push-ups

While watching the Biggest Loser last night, they had a quiz about health from Prevention Magazine. One of the questions was: which exercise will help you most in the long run...squats or push-ups?

I have to say that I was mildly surprised by the answer, but after I thought about it for a while, it makes total sense. Squats work on your lower body creating better balance and a stronger stance lessing the chance for falls later in life which result in broken hips. I am happy to report that I will never do another push-up in my life!! From now it's only squats for me.

Well now that's probably not the best answer either. I'm thinking that both exercises are very important to an exercise routine even though I would dread both.

Last week, I started working out with weights. My boys are enjoying watching me grunt and moan while lifting measly amounts with dumbbells. I'll keep working on it.


kborn said...

Ha you've been lifting the kids, then?
I walk with 3 or 5# dumbells...when I don't, the walk seems so much easier! I guess it's my version of the eliptical? I don't know. And I don't really walk as often as I should..
keep it up!!

Andrea said...

I think both are a great exercise, but I would think that squats are the best. My kids like to watch me workout too, and when I get down to do a push ups they alwats get on myback! THe little stinkers! :)

D said...

Lifting weight is great! It really helps me & I think that's one of the reasons that my weight has been stalled. Yesterday, while delivering papers, one of my customers came out & yelled "You've lost weight!" I haven't recently, but my body is changing & I think a lot of it is due to the weights.

Just wanted to say 'hi'. Baby boy is 8 months already???? Wow!

Shannon said...

Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words

Kathy said...

You are such a hoot!

new*me said...

hurray for you with the weights!!

I did some squats today with my push-ups after watching last night ;)

moonduster said...

I like it when my todders try to mimic my exercise moves. They get it completely wrong, making me laugh every time. :)

deb said...

Yeah.. Squats are better. I think I might put lunges higher than squats. And pushups are still a great full-body workout.

Do them all.. in fact a couple of my goals for this year are to

-squat my body weight without killing my back.
-do 57 pushups with elevated feet.

Good on ya for starting the weight training. Remember good form is more important than heavy weight. And laughing is always a key to a great workout as far I'm concerned.