Pushups are beneficial for building upper body strength.
Pushups transform your body.
These exercises work the triceps, pecs, and shoulders.
And when done properly, they strengthen the lower back and core by pulling in the abdominal muscles.
Pushups are effective and fast, not to mention, it can be done anywhere since it doesn’t need any equipment.
When done regularly, say, 10 pushups a day, you’ll likely notice gains in your upper body strength.
But what else is there? Can pushups transform your body?
Find the answers to these by joining us in this video discussion of ours.
- You feel energized
Do you tend to feel groggy in the morning?
How about doing pushups first thing then?
Exercise increases heart rate, respiration rate, and core body temperature–all of these contribute to feeling energized.
Moreover, from a psychological perspective, exercises even just short bursts can already help reduce feelings of anxiety and stress and improve overall mood.
Thus, 10 pushups a day can greatly help in setting a positive tone in your everyday life.
- There’s a visible increase in definition
Continue doing 10 pushups every day for at least a month and you’ll see more definition in your body.
The likelihood of seeing a more defined physique as a result of exercise can greatly depend from person to person, given the different variables like current fitness level, body type, and body fat percentage.
Hence, depending on your body, the difference you’ll see may range from none or barely there to a whole lot more.
- Your core feels stronger
When it comes to pushups, people immediately think of arm and chest strengthening.
Yes, that’s true, but if you’re doing pushups with good form, your entire midsection can also benefit.
Unbeknownst to others, pushups are actually a full-body integrated exercise.
Therefore, aside from strengthening your arms, chest, and shoulders, it’s also remarkably beneficial in boosting core strength and stability.
- Pushups get easier
The form is crucially important in an exercise like pushups.
So, if your arms are tired and your form starts getting wonky a few pushups in, then don’t hesitate to drop on your knees to protect your shoulders.
On some days, doing five good-form pushups can feel impossible.
Still, over time, you’d be off your knees for the entire set.
With practice, it gets easier.
Tips for proper form
When performing a pushup, you must keep 3 things in mind.
First, keep your back straight and your core engaged.
Second, your butt should be down instead of lifted.
Then lastly, your body must perform a straight line.
No arching of the back nor sagging of the body.
Also, your hands should be firmly rooted on the floor or mat to keep your wrists protected.
If this is hard, you can start on your knees.
The thing with pushups or any exercise for that matter is that just when you thought you had it down pat, the next day it’s taking so much in you to complete 10 pushups in a row.
That’s because, it’s normal for the body to feel different day to day, especially based on the activities performed the day prior.
The key here is to take enough rest so your muscles can recover.
So, are you ready to see how pushups transform your body?