Push-ups: the total body exercise

You and others might have underestimated the true benefits of simply doing Push-ups. It offer the benefits of weight lifting, stretching and cardio vascular training all in one exercise. Push-ups help to develop your stabilizer muscles enabling you to have strength in everyday life. In my opinion, Push-ups are the single most effective exercise for improving total body fitness.

The actual motion of a Push-up trains the chest, triceps and the anterior deltoids, while stretching the biceps and back. Push-ups are considered by many people to be the best all-around chest workout. I have found that they are great at increasing muscle size and tone. I have also found that they are easier on the joints than the bench press. Additionally, large Push-up workouts are great for circulation and overall cardiovascular health.

The best part of this exercise is that you don’t have to be in a gym or need heavy equipment. You can do it in the comfort of your own home or practically anywhere. All you need is a proper attitude and you will get the full benefits of this exercise. Push-ups uses your own body weight as resistance.

Proper posture is needed to minimize or eliminate the risk of injury. You start off by lying face down on the floor and use your arms to raise your full body as you extend your arms to their full length. The proper technique means that you must keep your legs straight at all times and do this without bending your knees. Your body has to be very taut and resting only on your toes and fingertips. Even those who are very fit find it difficult to lift their whole body off the floor in this manner.

Don’t forget to sleep and eat! Doing Push-ups will stress your muscles, making them weaker. Sleep, rest and nutrition will allow your muscles to recover and heal after you stress them.

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