Featured excerpt from the 100 Days of Dance Blog.
You know the familiar “drop and give me 20″ line, historically taken from army drill commanders. However, push-ups aren’t just military approved; the benefits of this body-weight exercise apply to everyone!
Push-ups let you use your own body mass as resistance, bypassing your need for any gym equipment. Whether you’re an elite athlete or a fitness novice, push-ups can help you build strength, endurance and cardiovascular fitness—making them a useful addition to any exercise routine. Push-ups are a good way to tone arm, back, chest and core muscles.
Try working your way up to doing sets of 10 push-ups at a time. You can fit push-ups into your regular workouts, or you can do them whenever you have a moment to exercise in the day. Perhaps you have 10-minute work break to do some push-ups at the desk; maybe you like to do a few before bedtime. Remember: the benefits of exercising, no matter the intervals, add up!
Changing up the kind of push-ups you do will target different areas of your arms and back, giving you different benefits!