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Push-Ups to Tone Your Upper Body

Take the Push-Up Challenge

We all know that doing push-ups is a great way to strengthen and tone your arms and upper back. I love them because they require no equipment, they're fast and effective. They really only take a few minutes to do each day, so you have no excuse for not fitting them in.

So here's a challenge for you. Start incorporating push-ups into your daily routine. Yes, I'm talking about doing them every day. You can do "classic" push-ups with straight legs in the plank position, or if you're just starting out, rest your knees on the floor. Make sure your form is correct and that you're not straining your lower back at all. If you're not sure if you're doing them right, ask a trainer for some tips.

Start with doing one, five, or as many push-ups as you can do today. Do that amount every day for the next week. Then next week, add one push-up to your routine and continue with that number for the week. Keep adding a push-up a week. Do have a goal in your mind, such as 50 push-ups, and gradually work your way up to your goal amount. You'll be amazed at the strength you build.

Fit's Tips: Once you reach your goal, don't quit there. Continue to do your push-ups every day and your arms will feel strong and toned just in time for tank top season. When I am cold, before turning up the heat, I drop to the floor and do some push-ups. They really get the blood flowing and warm me up!


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