and welcome to the Hive!
Being able to do 5 full push-ups is nothing to complain about!
I have a few questions that you might like to consider -
- what exercise activities do you really enjoy?
- what exercise activities do you really hate? (Working out the 'why' for both of these would also be good.)
- losing weight and gaining muscle are great goals, but to achieve them, you're better off making them more specific - so how much weight, in how long a time? What muscle and for what purpose?
- Do you do any cardio exercises - running, cycling, rowing, walking?
- also, how much time do you have to exercise? Can you do it daily, or are you constrained to weekends - or anything in between?
- how much familiarity do you have with exercising, and do/can you perform some basic exercises (like squats and push-ups) with good form or is that something you need to work on?
- do you do any stretching? Maintaining mobility as we age is important.
- how is your balance?
Okay, perhaps "a few questions" was an understatement! When you've thought about these things, though, you might find it easier to select programmes, workouts and/or challenges that you can do. Always start a little below what you think you are capable of. It's far more heartening to go forward than backwards.
If you want to do pull-ups, there is a number of various challenges that progress you toward that goal, from the dead hang
challenge, designed to improve grip strength, to negative pull-ups
, all the way to full pull-ups
To give yourself a benchmark, you might like to have a go at the fitness test
. It's a handy device to see where you're at now and later, to gauge improvements.
I hope I've helped you a bit. Feel free to ask if you have any other questions.