Everyone thinks there’s a magic exercise or a magic pill they should take to lose weight. Everyone is on the search for this “magic” thing as well. Well, I don’t know if its magic, but there’s one exercise that you MUST be doing it is the Push-up.
You either love ’em or you hate ’em, but if you want a toned body and better balance, you must incorporate the Push-up into your Daily routine.
Never done one before? That’s fine! Start out slow with 10 pushups a day. You can even modify! In fact…if you aren’t doing the “regular” push-up correctly you MUST modify!!! Here’s how to do a “proper” push-up:
Start out in Full Plank Position.
Engage your core muscles, this means to push your belly button to the spine.
When your chest is about the size of a fist away from the ground, slowly press back up to full plank position. Repeat! Try for 10 if you’re just starting out — or challenge yourself and see how many you can do before your form starts to falter.
If you’re quite not ready ready for the Full push-up, that is A-ok. Please do Modified (and please don’t call them “girl” push-ups”).
Push-ups ARE not an easy exercise, that’s why they’re Awesome to do! It’s better to do 10 Correctly formed Modified Push-ups than 5 not so good “full” push-ups where your belly is sagging and your neck is strained. The awesome part is, if you keep practising your modified push-ups you’ll eventually get to the full push-ups and then even the variations will be easy for you! So Start with the modified! Its better than nothing!!
To do a correct modified Push-up place your knees on the ground and bend them, do not cross your feet. With a straight back and lifted chest, press your chess to the ground.
Another tip on push-ups, the wider your hands are from your chest, the more you work your chest. The closer they are to your body, the more you work your triceps. So try moving your hands closer and further away from you for a full-body workout! 🙂
Do you push-up?