Okay girls and boys are you ready for today’s challenge? Here goes…I want you to do 100 push-ups! Yikes, that’s a lot of push-ups! My goal is to perform all “boy” push-ups but I want you to do girl if that will help you take on the challenge! I don’t expect you to do them all in one time slot. I’m going to do 15 at a time so I keep good form and get the full benefit of a push-up.
Pushups are one of the oldest and most basic exercises and they are very effective. They work out all the muscles in the upper body and build optimal strength in the forearms, wrists, upper arms, shoulders and chest. Pushups push the body toward physical exertion. In addition to building strength, they force the heart to work harder and the blood to pump faster. This increases metabolism and helps you burn more calories. The benefit of the pushup is still felt hours after the exercise is done.
In addition to building upper body strength and gaining more power in the arms, shoulders and hands, pushups done with the proper form will help build the core musclesin the middle of your body. To do pushups properly, your elbows must be fully extended at the start and end of a pushup, your toes should be on the floor and your legs, hips and back should be straight.