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Alex’s Exercise of the Month – Push-up

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Alex Sheets (2)The push-up is one of the most basic exercises that can be done without any equipment and can be performed virtually any-where. Not only is the push-up one of the simplest exercises to perform, it is also targets several different muscle groups at once, making it an extremely beneficial exercise. When done correctly, push-ups work muscles in the chest, shoulders, and triceps, as well forcing muscles in the legs and core to work as stabilizers. Push-ups can also be modified to make them easier, or more challenging depending on the individuals fitness level.

Here’s how to do it:
1. Get on the floor and position your hands slightly wider than your shoulders.
2. Keeping your body in a straight line, raise up onto your toes and your arms.
3. Slowly bend your elbows and lower yourself down to the ground until your elbows are at a 90 degree angle.
4. Keeping your core tight, push yourself back up into the starting position.

-If a traditional push-up is too difficult, you can start by performing the exercise on your knees, against a wall, or using the back of a chair.
-For more challenging modifications, you can perform push-ups with your feet raised on a step or chair, or with your hands in a diamond or staggered position.

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