Push-ups may seem like a basic exercise that works only your upper arms and chest, but when you do them the right way, they use muscles all over your body. You can do them just about anywhere, they can be adjusted to fit any ability level — and they’re free!
Push-ups work many muscles in your body, including your:
- Stomach muscles (abdominals)
Push-ups are a convenient exercise that you can do anywhere. They don’t need equipment or a gym membership. You can also adjust them to meet your own physical ability or to target specific muscles.
- Burning calories
- Protecting your shoulders and lower back from injuries
- Improving your balance and posture
- Improving your flexibility
- Improving your performance in sports and athletic activities
- Start in a plank position, face-down with your body straight. Put your palms flat on the ground with your arms straight, in line with your shoulders.
- Keep your feet together or about 12 inches apart, with your weight on the balls of your feet.
- Make sure your back is straight and your weight is evenly spread out.
- Look down as you do your push-ups to make sure your spine is in line from your neck all the way down.
- Lower your body toward the ground, using controlled movement, until your elbows are at 90-degree angles. Then push back up to a plank position.
- For best results, lower slowly and push up quickly. When you begin, try taking 2 seconds to lower and then 1 second to push up.