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I can’t believe that it is already August! This year seems to be flying by! I thought with a new month why not start a 31 day push up challenge. I always like setting a goal to accomplish something new and challenging for me at the beginning of the month. This month I decided I wanted to improve my push up game!
Why Push Ups?
Push-ups are one of those exercises that everyone seems to struggle with but are the holy grail of exercises. The reason most people struggle so much with push ups are because they are a full body exercise. Sure the focus is on the chest and upper body or at least that’s how most view them. Honestly though they activate nearly every muscle in your body. You strengthen your core, your butt and legs to help stabilize you during the push up. Then the most obvious as I said before is the chest and arms.
As a physical therapist one of the most common injuries and post-surgical patient I see is a rotator cuff tear and repair. Did you know that push ups have been shown to be one of the most effective exercises to safeguard your shoulder. This is due to the fact that push ups require your stabilizing muscles in your shoulder joint to activate and strengthen as well.
The last benefit of a push up. No equipment to add to your arsenal of equipment free exercises.
31 days for 30 push ups. Sounds simple enough. If you are a beginner do this challenge to the best of your ability and modify the push ups as needed.
- on your knees
- one knee down one leg straight
- standard push ups
If this challenge is too easy and you are a master at push ups….double the amount that you do each day. so 60 push ups in 30 days.