The pushup. That dreaded word we all remember from gym class. Ya know what though, the pushup totally WORKS. It will never (ever) go out of style. It gets you results and actually makes you strong and defined. Ladies, pushups are not just for men. They are for us, and we want you to consider them for these reasons:
Benefits of Pushups
- Builds Strength– Pushups build strength everywhere! It tests the entire body. With it you build optimal strength in the upper body: forearms, shoulders, and chest. Pushups build strength in the core as well by stabilizing the abdominals and back. It also works the hips and legs. This is why some say it’s the ultimate exercise.
- Builds Confidence- It’s true, you will feel more confident. You will feel and be stronger, you will also look better. Those two things build confidence and we think those things are wonderful.
- Increases Metabolism- Pushups work everything and that means the heart is forced to work harder, and building muscle is more metabolically active than fat. Along with building muscle you also strengthen the bones.
- Affordable– No, I’m not kidding with this one. It is cheap and there is no equipment required. You can also do these anywhere. They also do not take a lot of time to be effective. With all the expensive “exercise” equipment on the market today (that usually do not work) this is one of the reasons why we love the pushup- it works!
There are many variations, but all you really need to know to begin is the basics.
Step 1: Get into plank position with your hands under, but slightly outside, of your shoulders.
Step 2: Keeping your body straight, lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor by bending your arms to a 90-degree angle.
Step 3: Keeping proper form, push yourself away from the floor until your arms are fully extended. REPEAT.
For the Beginners
It is perfectly fine to start on your knees or by leaning against a sturdy structure like the kitchen counter or the back of your couch. Do not use a wall as that will promote bad form and will be harder on your wrists. If you find these methods to be a little too easy, try performing the reps more slowly focusing on your form.
Check out these pushups variations for some additional inspiration!