POWER TO THE PUSH-UP!
My go-to strength exercise?! My classes and clients could easily tell you….. THE PUSH-UP. The push-up is the ultimate measure of fitness. Engaging muscle groups in the arms, chest, shoulders, and core, the act of lifting one’s own body weight is difficult even for those who are in great shape. Push-ups represent one of the simplest and most effective ways of demonstrating physical strength.
I love the push-up because it is a timeless exercise – important for all ages, genders, and athletic capabilities. Everyone can benefit from push-ups! The ability to do push-ups is especially important in older people, as it can improve strength, balance, and serve as an effective form of fall prevention. Aging causes muscles to weaken and nerves to die, resulting in as much as a 30 percent loss of strength between the ages of 20 and 70. By building strength in muscle fibers, push-ups can help us resist the rigours of aging.Daily exercise routines that include push-ups are what has kept fitness legend Jack LaLanne in the shape of someone less than half his age. LaLanne, says that the “key to an effective push-up workout is being able to lower one’s self as far as possible before lifting back up.”
The push-up may as well be the best exercise. Regularly adding push-ups to your workout won’t just strengthen your chest – It will shape your shoulders, triceps, and glutes while tightening your entire core. Working all those muscles at once torches tons of calories and will give your body the power it needs to succeed.
As I always say in class….. “It doesn’t get easier till you get STRONGER.” No time is better than right now – lets do some push-ups…. READY GO!
FEARLESS FITNESS CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK: PERFECT YOUR PUSHUP!
It’s time to PERFECT your push-up! This week I challenge you to focus in on your form and PERFORM FIVE PERFECT PUSHUPS each day. Can’t do a full push-up just yet? Thats ok! Use this helpful push-up chart from Women’s Health and find the variation that currently suits you. You will make your way down the chart eventually…. Ball push-ups… HERE I COME!