Here’s a fun challenge for you! A 30-Day Push-up Challenge.

Push-ups are a great bodyweight exercise that help strengthen the upper body and core. It’s also an exercise that a lot of people struggle to do with proper form. Some of the things to keep in mind while performing push-ups are:

  1. Spread your fingers and place them firmly on the ground for a strong base of support. Make sure your hands aren’t too far apart. When you lower yourself down to the ground, your thumbs should be near your armpits.

  2. Imagine "corkscrewing” your arms outward. This will improve the positioning of your shoulders.

  3. While in the plank position, squeeze your butt and tighten your abs.

  4. When lowering yourself down, pull your shoulders back and down. Your elbows should come back at a 45 degree angle. Keep your gaze slightly forward rather than straight down. This will help keep your head alined with your spine prevent “turtle neck.”

  5. Your chin/nose should just about touch the ground at which point you will powerfully push yourself back up away from the ground.

But what if I can’t do a single push-up?!

Try using an incline at a height that feels doable yet challenging (a table, a chair, a step, etc).

Also, feel free to break up the push-ups into sets as needed.

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