To make it easier, do the push-up with knees bent. Don't forget to suck in your belly and look straight ahead! …by Su Reid-St. John, for Sharecare
It may be impossible for a girl to get through pre-adolescence without a few pimples and slammed doors, and at least a couple of sessions of the "bust" song. Remember that? "We must! We must! We must increase our bust!" But developing your chest muscles isn't a wild and crazy adolescent idea -- in fact, working your "pecs" (aka pectoral muscles) if you're a woman is smart.
A treasure chest of benefits
"It's important to strengthen your chest for a number of reasons," says Sharecare fitness expert Joan Roth. For starters, it helps keep your upper-body muscles in balance, which improves your posture. "These two things decrease stress and tension on your muscles and bones," says Roth. That makes you less injury-prone.
A strong chest also helps you do the things you need to do every day, because those pec muscles add power to your shoulders and arms. It takes more than biceps to push up a heavy garage door, heft a heavy grocery bag or mow your lawn. You need the kind of upper-body oomph that comes from powerful chest muscles.
Sneak these moves in while your coffee's brewing two or three times a week. Whether you chant a little ditty while you do it is up to you.
Su Reid-St. John is Sharecare's Senior Fitness Editor. She lives in Birmingham, AL with her husband, daughter, and cat, and can be found inline skating, Nordic walking, cycling, doing yoga, and strength training (TRX is her new obsession) whenever time allows.
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