Push exercises work many muscles in your body including your arms, core, hips, legs, and chest. There are many variations of push exercises including push-ups, squats, and the shoulder press. By incorporating these into your workout routine you’ll reap plenty of benefits for your body, mind, and quality of life, such as:
Practicing strength training through push exercises will improve your body's ability to perform everyday functional tasks. By building muscle with exercises like pushups, you’re also helping support your body’s structure, therefore improving your bone health. Not only do push exercises improve your overall life quality, with consistency and determination, you can also sculpt your body and improve muscle definition.
Doing a proper pushup requires the use of specific back muscles that are typically underworked. Because a push-up also works on the core strength, it can improve your stability and the overall ‘foundation’ of your body which leads to better posture.
When multiple muscles are being engaged through push exercises, your heart is going to have to work harder to pump blood through your body. These movements can also reduce fat mass by elevating your heart rate and exerting your aerobic system. Although having a little bit of extra fat isn’t harmful, obesity is a huge issue that affects more than 66% of the adult population and is associated with a variety of chronic diseases. That being said, if you incorporate these exercises into your workout routine consistently, it will help keep your heart strong and healthy!
If you are looking to make some of these improvements to your health and lifestyle, check out the below step-by-step articles, videos, and guides as Pat Chadwick walks you through each variation of pushing exercises.