Monday, December 20, 2010

On the seventh day of Christmas...

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me....Push ups!

Why they rock: Because they work your whole upper body. Your core, legs and arms have to work to keep your body in a straight line.

How to do it:
 Chest-down with your hands at shoulder level, palms flat on the floor and slightly more than shoulder-width apart, your feet together and parallel to each other. Look forward rather than down at the floor. The first contact you make with the floor with any part of the face should be your chin, not your nose.Keep your legs straight and your toes tucked under your feet. Straighten your arms as you push your body up off the floor. Keep your palms fixed at the same position and keep your body straight. Try not to bend or arch your upper or lower back as you push up. Exhale as your arms straighten out. Pause for a moment. Lower body until chest touches the floor. Try not to bend your back. Keep your knees off the floor, and inhale as you bend your arms. Pause for a moment. Begin straightening your arms for a second push-up. Exhale as you raise your body.

Three tips that might help:

1. If you want it to help your abs you need to make sure your engaging your core not letting your stomach hang there
2. Breath!
3.For an easier exercise, (which I call a girl push up) lower your knees so that they rest on the floor. Keeping your back straight and your toes tucked under your feet, proceed with the exercise normally. This decreases the amount of pressure placed on your arms.

 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Cameron Ashleigh

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