25 pushups

  1. We started a cool thing at work- every hour, on the hour, we meet and do 25 pushups. It is a fun way to bond and only takes a second. I have no problem working in the estrogen fest, but it is nice to occasionally connect with our inner caveman. Obviously we can't all be there every hour due to workload but we make it most hours.

    Of course, one of the charge nurses blew a fuse. I haven't been back to work yet to hear all the details, but I gather she felt it is "not appropriate" for the workplace. (I work in ICU, we would meet at the far end of the unit where there were no patients or family, but can still hear and see the monitors, it's only seconds from our work stations.) Isn't health and exercise promotion a nursing value? Isn't being fit and strong a good example for our peers and patients? Doesn't having fun at work create a better work environment? I understand that doing pushups doesn't fit into the nursing paradigm she learned when she was in Florence Nightingale's first nursing class, but come on!

    It was funny to see how confused the other nurses were. "Why would you do pushups?" they asked. How can we be so misunderstood?! lol (We've invited the girls but no takers so far). We also spice it up with the occasional Chuck Norris joke- my fav- When Chuck Norris does pushups he isn't pushing himself up, he's pushing the Earth down. Anyway, this is a call for you to do the same my manly brothers!
    Last edit by nurse2033 on Sep 16, '10
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  2. 41 Comments

  3. by   LG1137
    Sounds like a good idea to me. I'd do it... but we'd have to bump it up to 50 pushups.
  4. by   ImThatGuy
    I want to know how many days pass until you get tired of it, lol.

    I ask because...

    There was a group of women at my last job, some I supervised, others I didn't, that met at lunch for yoga. It lasted three days at most. I think the third day had only one girl left before she said eff it.
  5. by   Thangbom321
    I'm not a RN yet, but i know if i had the time for it, I would totally do it. I really don't see what is wrong with it, other than the act is kinda out of place (like i said, I'd still do it). Is it any different from a smoking break, snack break, ohh I have to go put some lotion on break, I need to get a Tylenol for my headache break, or what not?
  6. by   groovy jeff
    i'm not sure i could do 25 push-ups??? is that pathetic or what???
  7. by   LG1137
    Yes Groovy Jeff, you need to get working on that immediately. Start at one per day; the next day, do two; the next, three, and so forth...
  8. by   CrunchRN
    I would have taken you up on it. Get that adrenaline pumping, get a good work out, and blow off aggravation.
  9. by   Thangbom321
    I wouldn't say it's pathetic not being able to do 25 pushups. I would however say it's not a good thing. Being in good physical condition dose wonders for the body. I'm not saying get ripped up or anything (although that would be awesome). As posted above, start out doing as much as you can do in one go. Lets say you did 10. Rest for about a minute, and try to do at least as much as last time. Then try to make it a goal to be able to do 1 more pushup than the last time every night. If you can't do the regular one with your legs strait, go ahead and do the bent knee one. Your muscles will eventually get strong enough to do it the other way. If your in that bad of shape, you will most likely have a sore abs the next day.
  10. by   MICPEricRN
    Quote from nurse2033
    We started a cool thing at work- every hour, on the hour, we meet and do 25 pushups.
    Can I bring nitro?
  11. by   Vikingkitten
    Women just don't understand Male bonding! We do something similar, but it's only rarely and spontaneous, and usually in one of the break rooms. Besides, I'd hate to think of what would happen if we had no way to counteract all the estrogen in the air!
    Just my $.02
  12. by   shiccy
    Quote from LG1137
    Sounds like a good idea to me. I'd do it... but we'd have to bump it up to 50 pushups.
    An HOUR?! Frick. I was thinking more like 10 - 15 :P
  13. by   Argo
    I used to do this with a Co worker a while back. Lasted a couple of years till we moved on to other jobs. We did 50 pushups and 100 situps every hour. It was awesome.
  14. by   ImThatGuy
    I can't stand situps. It kills my tail bone even when lying on a pad.

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