Pushups, for many, are an excellent way to make your body fit, stronger and to have balance. But do you wonder what pushups do to our bodies? Did you know why many choose this form of exercise rather than other workouts?
Pushups are the perfect form of exercise because it engages your body from top to bottom. In short, it works out your body for full performance – your muscle groups in your arms, chest, abdomen, hips and legs.
Modified pushups can also give you some progress. For instance, I tried adjusting the speed, angle of my body and my hand placement. While doing this, I add more or less intensity or focus on specific muscles.
And for what I have read in a published article, according to a study, pushups perform best with the hands placed halfway inward from their normal position. And also, hand placed outward work the triceps more.
When I read about this, I started to feel the difference. I noted the effects of pushups on my body, before and after. Here are a few of them.
Pushups give more strength to our overall performance.
When I do pushups, I observed that I begin to feel the burning encompassing in my muscle. I think that all my muscles are working to beat gravity.
In doing pushups, Major muscle groups, such as your biceps, core muscles, triceps, anterior deltoids and lower body muscle groups are activated to support your body while stabilizing your movements. It is what called a compound exercise as multiple muscle groups are used for this exercise.
It improves the health and vitality of our muscles.
But the muscles that I feel the pressure are my biceps and back muscles. As I lower myself to the floor, my back muscles are stretched right away. Then, as I push up myself, I started to feel my biceps in a full stretch. In this position, it improves health and flexibility for a solid foundation of the body.
Prevent injuries and builds an attractive appearance.
Perfect exercise like pushups protects my shoulders from injury and helps me get an attractive appearance. According to a study that I have read, the joint damage to our shoulders is a rotator cuff injury. As I have searched about it, I discover that one way to prevent is doing the proper pushups.
The standard pushups become one of the most effective ways to safeguard your shoulder joints from injury. This injury is common to older adults. Therefore, doing pushups can eliminate this injury by stabilizing muscles, which surround the rotator cuff joint. This area of the body is strengthened and conditioned for dynamic movements. It lowers the risk of having this injury by supporting the strength and health of primary and secondary shoulder muscles.
Other than that, I observed that I started to have good posture. Many take good posture or attractive appearance for granted, especially when it comes to shoulders and back. But for me, a good position is significant because it affects my health and my comfort as I age. Keep in mind that we are not going to be stuck in our age right now. So better invest in health as we grow old.
So when I started to do pushups, I discover that it gives strength to my core muscles. Our core muscles are responsible for providing us with good posture and an attractive appearance.
This is how it works: To properly hold our shoulders and back, our entire core must be strong enough to support its vertical positions. If you do proper pushups are executed, you will strengthen your muscles, which are responsible for supporting posture. Regular doing of pushups will make your body submit to have healthy and stable posture overtime. In my experience, it is the most advantage of doing pushups.
It helps to avoid lower back injuries and pain.
Before I do pushups, I am aware of the pain in my lower back, and thankfully, I did not have any injuries. My lower back pain started in simple movement of my daily tasks. Some exercises also make my lower back pain. Then I searched for some activity that can prevent my lower back to be painful, and I found out that pushups can stabilize the movements of my torso. And what I have experienced, it also strengthened my lower body. So, doing pushups cultivate muscles to reduce lower backpressure, which is essential to reduce low back injuries.
Pushups are time-saving and no-cost exercise.
All the while, I was worried that the work schedule I have, I will not be able to manage my time to do exercise. To balance work and training is something that needs adjustment. But later on, I figured out that doing pushups don’t need much time.
At first, I started to work on a few repetitions. Then later on as my body adapts the exercise, I made some modifications. And the results are amazing.
And what makes it the best exercise is because I did not spend some dimes on it. I watched videos on YouTube for basic pushups, as it is my first time to do it. Then, later on, I took the liberty to try more advanced pushups.
I realized that I don’t need to go to a world-class gym or use some expensive equipment to build strong muscles and overall excellent performance.
As I engage myself in pushups exercises, I effectively workout my major and minor muscle groups. Pushups provide the same benefits as a traditional full-body exercise performed at the gym on expensive equipment.
Pushups are more than muscles definition.
Other than muscles, I discover that pushups promote the human growth hormone. How does it work? In every movement of a pushup, you urge a wide array of primary and stabilizing muscles. Pushups involve more muscle mass over time, resulting in more excellent the production and release of a specific hormone known as HGH, or human growth hormone. By calling upon such a wide array of muscles, the creation of HGH is triggered, which ultimately results in muscle growth.
What can I say about it?
The most essential of doing pushups is to improve the cardiovascular system. Honestly, this is the main reason why I am into pushups nowadays. As I mentioned earlier, pushups are classified as a compound exercise as it calls upon multiple muscle groups. So how does it relate to reducing heart attack?
A doctor of mine explained how it works. When you simultaneously engage large muscle groups, your heart must work harder to deliver oxygen-rich blood to muscle tissue. This activity results in an effective cardiovascular exercise, which supports heart health and promotes the reduction of stored body fat.
As records shoot up of those with heart disease and at the same time, heart attack incidences are increasing, it is crucial to be aware of how to prevent it. Pushups are one way to ensure our heart health. It is a simple process, but it is vital to incorporate into our daily routine.