Fitness Made Simple: Push Ups

By: Jerry Leung

Push up exercise is a well known exercise. And it should be around for hundreds of years. Although this is only a traditional exercise, it does not mean that it is not something that is good for your health.

As we all are aware, the exercise is very simple. However, we have also to admit that it is very effective. It is great because you can perform it virtually anywhere and anytime you want. Basically you lie face down on the floor and then you will raise and lower you body. You can only use your arms to do so. Push ups are excellent to train your pectorals and triceps. It can also train your deltoids.

Some people will go further in order to train the shoulder and chest muscles. In this case they will do perform the press ups exercise. You can consider press ups as an athletic version of the push ups exercise. Performing press ups is basically the similar to push ups. However, in the case of press ups you will your back and legs straight and off the floor.

In the case that you are performing press ups at home, you can put your feet on a chair. As an essential tip he chair should not be too high. You may put your feet on a bench if you are performing it in a park. In both case you should never raise your legs above your shoulder line.

Interestingly, there are a lot of variations of push ups. For example, there are people who will use only use four fingers at each hand when they are performing push ups. Some may even use only one hand when they are performing the exercise. In some cases people will try to clapping the hands when doing the exercise. Of course you will need to raise the body higher than usual in this case. No matter what kind of variations you will take, you should be very carefully when you are doing that. Safety is always the first priority. You should never hurt yourself when you are performing exercise. It will be totally nonsense to injure yourself!

For people who are overweight, push ups exercise is just perfect in order to lose weight or get back into shape. It helps you to lose fat and at the same time train your muscles. It will be even better if you can combine push ups with other exercises such as sit-ups.

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