The Only Exercise I Do to Keep My Arms Toned All Summer Long
Drop and give me 20! Yep, I am talking about push-ups and want you to consider adding them into your daily life. Why? Because you can do them anywhere, and not only do they work your arms, shoulders, and chest, but they also work your abs. And because they require no equipment, you can do push-ups anytime, anywhere.
As long as you are not pushing your muscles past failure and practice good form, you won't hurt yourself. To build endurance, it's best to perform multiple sets throughout the day and try different variations, too — we don't want you or your muscles getting bored. I just do a few shoulder circles and scarecrows to warm up my shoulders and chest, then I drop to the floor and do a set of push-ups. I manage to get two to three sets of 10 to 15 push-ups easily throughout my day. I do them when:
- Waiting for the coffee to brew — I love my Chemex but it can feel like forever while water boils and the coffee brews.
- Anytime I am on hold, which isn't all that often since I do most business online rather than the phone.
- Watching TV, especially when somebody else is fast forwarding through the commercials.
- Folding laundry, because push-ups are more fun than folding laundry — am I right?
- When I let my dog out; she always wants back in 60 seconds later, definitely enough time to do a set of push-ups.
- Before bed, after I change out of my clothes and into PJs.
Even if you feel a standard push-up is beyond your current upper-body strength, adding them into your day either on your knees or doing incline push-ups on a chair, park bench, or kitchen counter will build up strength in no time. Plus you will have some seriously toned arms, too.
Here are some push-up variations for you to fit into your day.