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Push Ups

Life is beautiful when you have nothing to limit you or curtail your confidence. Often times, being overweight, obese or simply lacking your desired level of strength can erode your confidence and give you a looser mentality.

A proper diet is essential for keeping fit and staying health, but the role that exercise plays in helping the body to be at its best is equally valuable.

Having a well-built physique and a solid core is a product of a combination of a healthy diet, regular exercise, and a beneficial workout routine.

When it comes to exercising to keep fit and healthy, push ups are one of the surest ways to go.

How to perform a Push Up

A push up is a calisthenics exercise that is traditionally performed by laying face down in a prone position. The exercise is such that it entails the lowering and raising up of the body with the aid of the hands to achieve an upward and downward movement of the body.

Of course, there are many variants of push ups, so one should never be limited to the standard variety.

You may begin with wall push ups, and progress as you increase in strength, to push ups done on the knees, traditional push ups, and even beyond that you will find there are plenty of variations to keep push ups relevant and challenging.

One of the most difficult I have found is the Planche push up, with your whole lower body raised in the air as you do the pushup, you put focused tension on your chest, shoulders and back.

The Benefits of Push Ups

Push Ups are an excellent exercise and offer many benefits to the body that are quite remarkable. Exercising with push ups is quite valuable because the push up, in all of its variety, is an exercise that puts strain on many different muscle groups. With push ups you can build strong abdominal (core) muscles, improve the triceps, build a strong chest and back, even your legs and buttocks will be strengthened. By increasing your overall muscle tone through push ups, you will more readily burn fats.

Push Ups are certainly the recommended form of exercise, they are convenient, require nothing but a little space and your own body weight, and provide over all results.

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.