Push Ups are one of the oldest exercises out there. As a Health Coach in the Lehigh Valley, I have tried to incorporate these into my routine regularly. They improve muscular upper body endurance. The standard push up is so easy and activates almost every muscle in your body! Great right? Major muscle groups, such as your biceps, triceps, core muscles, anterior deltoids and lower body muscle groups are activated to support your body while stabilizing your movements. Push ups build the strength of your core. When you perform pushups, your spine should remain curved neutrally and rigid so that any load is distributed safely through it. If your back begins to sag, your lumbar spine will become hyperextended, which can lead to injury. Keeping your spine properly aligned is the uber important job of your core and can also strengthen your core muscles such as the rectus abdominus and transversus abdominis.
Push ups are perfect for increasing your strength. As with any exercise, don’t forget to breathe! Inhale on the way down and exhale on the way up. Don’t strain your neck. Start with as many as you can do. Try to increase until you have reached a number that is right for your fitness level. There are so many variations that you can do.