Along with squats and lunges, another favorite of mine is the pushup. It is an exercise that you can do anywhere and anytime.
As I was playing with my son on the floor today I decided to do a set of 20 pushups. He thought it was great fun (where else can I get cheers for my pushups?) and as my tot-sized personal trainer he encouraged me to do more. He got down on the floor with me to do his own version of a pushup and before I knew it, I had done 100 of my own. (with breaks in between sets, of course)
The point here is that I did not have to leave my house, change my clothes or buy any expensive equipment to do this wonderful exercise. I’m sure my chest and arms will be sore tomorrow, which only means we need to play this pushup game more often!
Here are some tips on perfecting your pushup:
- Start with a modified position (on your knees) until you feel comfortable with a military style pushup
- Your elbows should be fully extended at both the start and finish of a pushup
- Make sure your legs, hips, and back are in a straight line
- Draw your navel in toward your spine to help keep abdominals in line
- Do not hold your breath!!!
- Do as many as you can with perfect form. Once your form starts to suffer, take a break.
picture source: http://www.jmu.edu
Now drop down to that floor and give me TWENTY right now!
No excuses! You’ll feel great when you are done, I promise!