The standard push up works almost every muscle in the body which gives much better muscle tone and endurance. If you’re not persuaded to do push-ups, it Is probably because you don’t understand its benefits. Read on to learn more.
1. Muscle stretching for health & vitality
This is one of the most under spoken benefits of doing push-ups. As you lower yourself to the floor, your back muscles are effectively stretched and when you push back up to the starting position, the biceps, in turn, undergo a full stretch. This doesn’t just improve flexibility but helps to prevent injuries.
2. Enhanced cardiovascular system
Push-ups are a compound exercise which means it works multiple muscle groups at the same time. When you simultaneously work large muscle groups, the heart works harder and delivers oxygen-rich blood to the muscle tissue.
3. Protects Shoulder from injury
One of the worse and more common injuries for older individuals is a rotator cuff injury of the shoulder. Protecting this muscle should be a priority. The standard push-up has been found to be among the most effective ways to guard the shoulder joints against injury; especially in older male adults.
Because push ups call upon the stabilizing muscles, which surround the rotator cuff, this area of the body is strengthened and conditioned for dynamic movements. By supporting the strength and health of the shoulder muscles, the likelihood of debilitating injuries is significantly lowered.
#4. Improved posture:
Improper posture can destroy your health and comfort as you age and one of the main reasons for bad posture is weak core muscles. In order to properly hold your shoulders and back, your entire core must be strong enough to support its vertical positions. When push ups are properly executed, the muscles responsible for supporting posture are strengthened and fine-tuned. Moreover, as you regularly engage in push ups, your body will naturally be bent towards proper posture. This is one of the most influential yet seemingly passive benefits of pushups.
#5. No Cost:
Most people run away from the gym because it’s expensive. However, how much does it cost to do push ups, a full body exercise? Just some time and dedication, which everyone can afford.
By doing push-ups, you effectively fatigue major and minor muscle groups, which provide the same benefits as a traditional full body exercise performed at even the most expensive of gyms.