Thursday, February 16, 2017

The One Exercise That Does It All!

Is there one exercise that does it all? One exercise that impacts all the major muscles, increases strength, endurance & flexibility. I'm talking about pushups! I know, I can hear the groans from here! Memories of gym class or boot camp (Drop and give me 50!). But wait you need to change how you look at pushups.

1. There exercise all major muscle groups. Biceps, triceps, back and chest gets the biggest workout, but legs also get some benefit.

2. Pushups build endurance.

3. Pushups build flexibility.

4. There are countless varieties of pushups so your are never bored doing the same thing over and over.

5. Because there are so many varieties almost everyone can do them.

6. There's no cost, no gym membership, no special equipment. You can even do them in your PJ's!

Let's begin! Let's assume you haven't done a pushup in years and at 60-70 or 80 years old doubt if you can even do 1 pushup and get back up off the floor. Well no worries! I have the perfect "pushup" for you!

Wall pushups! Simply face a wall, step back about two feet or whatever feels comfortable and place your hands about shoulder width apart and at shoulder height. Slowly lower your body to the wall and push back to standing position. Do as many as you can comfortably and slowly gradually increasing reps until you can do 50. After reaching that goal you should be ready to try some floor pushups.

Again go at your own pace! You can even change hand positions as you gain strength. Try moving hands farther apart or closer together. Each positions target muscle groups differently. The cool thing about wall pushups is you can do the where there's a wall. Even when you're out for a walk. Use the trunk of a big tree. At work use the wall in your office or the bathroom.

Now you have no excuses!


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