Ask the Experts!
by Expert & Ambassador
Push-ups are a challenging advanced fitness exercise and can be modified for beginners. Any wall, chair, countertop or floor can be a training tool. During a floor push-up you lift about half your body weight so it's a really powerful training exercise if done correctly. To do a push-up perfectly takes core strength and preexisting fitness. Building up to a push-up is easy if you practice plank pose daily. The plank exercise increases the stabilizer-muscle strength needed to perform a push-up without cheating. Be sure to keep your body alignment straight, hips lifted, and your arms and elbows in the plane of movement that maintains correct form.
Did you know working out is one of the healthiest ways to beat stress?!?
Get moving by doing something you love to do. You will think clearer and actually feel better.
Something you should also remember is if you put a lot of stress on your body physically you should use yoga to relax it.
"One of my favorite go to poses when doing any upper body work is child's pose. Why, because it increases blood circulation to your head which reduces headaches
Calms the mind (central nervous system) thus helping relieve stress and tension
And relaxes the spine, shoulders, and neck. It's absolutely amazing.". - MMF Ambassador & CFT, Marilyn Hoyt
You will be amazed at what you can achieve if you believe. Set goals and break those into smaller goals. Take it step by step and you will do it!
Many people contract their muscles slowly and then release more quickly. But if you lift slowly in both directions, you are maximizing each move. TRY Lifting and lowering to a 4-second count in each direction.
Studies show if a muscle is not used, it will atrophy in about 72 hours.
Muscle Atrophy is defined as a decrease in the mass of the muscle.
Drop it like a Squat:
#MoveMoreFitnessAmbassador Tymikia Glenn has a ☆Fit Tip☆ for you!
In squatting exercises, the back position is very important. Always maintain a neutral position; do not round your lower back or overarch it. Keep your head up, looking straight forward and your shoulders back.
"A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there."
Try This: Instead of having exercises where you’re sitting down or holding on to something or otherwise stabilized, it’s more effective to do them standing up, or on one leg, or on a Swiss exercise ball. These types of exercises force you to balance yourself while lifting, which brings your core muscles into play. This gives you a stronger overall body and allows you to lift more over time.
Something is better than doing nothing & DOING MORE is even better.
Do not let excuses get in the way!
Stand on your Hands:
Did you know handstands are great for Internal Tension, Grip Strength, Shoulder Stability, and Spinal Stabilization? They also help boost your mood and reduce the production of cortisol, which can help reduce stress, depression, and anxiety. All the more reason to get upside down!
Developing core strength will not happen overnight. Set realistic goals and start with easy exercises before moving on to the more advanced ones.