Are you ready for an easy and effective exercise to add into your day?? Try push ups! Push ups – oh no!! Don’t be afraid of push ups because there are so many variations you are bound to find one that can work for you! And push ups not only work your chest but they also hit your shoulders, biceps, triceps and core!! So it’s a great all around upper body activity.
So try this … using any wall, place your hands on the wall just a little wider than your shoulders at chest height. Bend and straighten your arms bringing your body closer to the wall and then pushing away. If this is too easy then take a step back and try again. The more you step back, the greater incline you are creating therefore making the push up harder. Once that becomes easy then lower yourself down to the counter top, a bench or chair then finally reaching the floor. On the floor you can do a full push up on your toes or you can modify by dropping your knees to the floor. Don’t think this is a “girly” push up!! It’s a modified version of a push up for you to do until you are stronger and can do a full push up. 8-10 repetitions should be a good start for most Mommies new to these exercises. If that’s too easy then try for 12-15 repetitions. And for those Mommies ready to add some variations to your push ups, try these:
- Military style – place your hands directly under your shoulders for your push up. This targets your triceps a little more.
- Diamond push ups – place your hands together forming a diamond shape, again more difficult and targets the triceps.
- Staggered push ups – having one hand in front of the other adds another level of difficulty to the push up. This variation again targets the triceps, be sure to do both arms!
- Isometric push ups – this is holding a push up position, harder than it sounds!
So start that exercise check list with push ups and watch for more exercises coming soon!!