August 8, 2003, Newsletter Issue #149: Pushups for Everyone

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The easiest type of pushup is the push-away. You do this standing, with your hands on the wall. Do the same movement as a pushup on the floor, keeping your body straight. Make it harder by moving your feet farther from the wall. The modified pushup is done on the floor, but from your knees instead of your toes. If that`s too hard, start with negatives, where you start in the up position and slowly lower yourself to the floor. The standard military pushup is next in difficulty. Make that harder by elevating your feet on a step or bench. Then you can add a weighted vest or backpack. If you can do a lot of pushups, it`s a muscular endurance exercise for you. If you can only do a few, treat it like a strength exercise, with several sets every other day. Start with a version that`s comfortable but challenging, then work up from there.

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