The perfect compliment to any exercise regimen, the push up will develop your chest and shoulders as well as your abdominal muscles.
The abdominal strengthening component is very beneficial for the spine, as a strong core takes pressure off the back. People with a strong core generally have less incidence of lower back pain.
Once commonly associated with traditional military training, the push up is now modifiable for any body. The push up is a top priority training exercise that you can do anywhere, no equipment needed.
Additional benefits include:
- Improved posture
- Improved balance
- Engages many body parts
- Modifiable for all levels of fitness
Good push up form is critical. Never sacrifice good form just to complete more reps. For a perfect pushup:
- Avoid sagging or piking
- Keep a straight head and neck
- Place hands directly under shoulders
- Execute the full range of motion, about an inch or two from the floor
If you need to keep your knees on the floor, make sure to keep your body straight from the top of your head to the bottom of your spine as you are pushing up your upper body.