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The World’s Greatest Exercise- Benefits Of Push-ups

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Push-ups improve core and overall body strength. It is the best workout to improve muscles mass, lose weight and get a toned abdomen. When done correctly and with certain progression (increase in reps and incline) they can help improve cardio and get a toned physique. The fact that you can do it anytime, anywhere is an added benefit.

One of the most popular exercises that almost every individual knows how to do is, the push-up. Moreover, it is not just done by the most, but is also evidently more effective than the other exercises. You might hate them, or might prefer running or cycling over push-ups; however, you should know that push-ups offer an overall strength to your body, as it is a core-strengthening exercise.

Therefore, incorporating more push-ups into your regular workout routine or daily life, can help you reach all sorts of fitness goals. It helps you improve everything, from your posture on the bike, to your balance, to your arm swing. Moreover, it even makes you stronger in a lot of ways.

How Good Are Push-ups For You?

Since they are one of the many versatile exercises ever devised, you can do push-ups to gain strength and muscle mass, or do them to lose weight and tighten your abs. Here are some benefits of push-ups and reasons that make them the world’s greatest exercise.

[Read: What’s the best time to do exercise?]

Build Core Strength

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Push-ups do not just tone your arms, as most of you believe. They utilize your body weight to also tone your chest, and core.

Easy To Do Anywhere, Anytime

You can literally do push-ups anywhere at anytime. While push-up bars are recommended for an increased range of motion, you can do them with your hands too. You can spread your arms out further apart to target your chest more, or you can bring them closer together to target your forearms. You can elevate your legs on a couch to increase resistance, or you can work your way up to one-armed push-ups to target your biceps.

Help Lose Weight

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Doing higher reps of normal push-ups help lose weight. Once you are able to complete over 30 push-ups in one set, you will turn push-ups into cardiovascular exercise, that is great for raising your metabolism and heart rate.

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239 comments
Jill Siegler
Jill Siegler 5pts

Not recommended for those with carpal tunnel releases. Too much weight especially after surgery can damage the injured area permanently

Amit Baraskar
Amit Baraskar 5pts

It is not the works greatest exerciseSuryanamaskar could be possibly one of the greatest

Doyle Tarwater
Doyle Tarwater 5pts

Part of my upper body workout (thirty minute arms by Tony Horton) has five sets of push-ups. Regular, feet on a chair, diamond dog with wide feet. This is the best to workout higher and lower on the chest and back side of the body.

Raja Ram Reddy
Raja Ram Reddy 5pts

mainly this is for chest and shoulders exercise , good posture

Juventina Leon
Juventina Leon 5pts

Ido only sout taimes I have a low back surgery and auper surgery

Raghu Raj
Raghu Raj 5pts

I do regularly when I am doing this I feel so great and happy

Raneel Mendoza
Raneel Mendoza 5pts

so hard...i cant...only sit ups..i can..\U0001f603

Aaditi Singh
Aaditi Singh 5pts

fitness.. stamna.. .wealth.. .i can also do but only50. times

Melissa Peretsky
Melissa Peretsky 5pts

Thank you for motivation! My forms bad, but baby-steps :-)

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

That's a lot. Start with small numbers and you can increase gradually :)

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

True but worth the effort :)

Kiran Acharya
Kiran Acharya 5pts

Im doing this stuff evryday since last year. #Ayurveda

Chanakya Prakashan
Chanakya Prakashan 5pts

I think Surya Nanskar is Best Experience . Because its gives total benefits .

Daryl Grimm
Daryl Grimm 5pts

Orthopedic doctors will tell you it's not the best exercise for joint muscles.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Try early morning. It would be more beneficial! :)

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

You will be better soon. Do not worry! :)

Karen Antcliff-Vale
Karen Antcliff-Vale 5pts

I was doing what the P.T. therapist asked, but I should have stopped when it got painful. Ultimately my fault. .

Aafiya Taj
Aafiya Taj 5pts

Well... i do this excersise b4 slping

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

One should take necessary precautions while practicing push ups Hoping for a speedy recovery!

Karen Antcliff-Vale
Karen Antcliff-Vale 5pts

Not for me...I did them as part of my P.T. exercise regimen for degenerative disk back trouble...now I have tendonitis in BOTH shoulders...very painful!

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Love Neel start with basic numbers as your stamina increases you can increase the number of push ups you do! :)

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Thanks! Krishna Dwivedi :)