Good morning!! Today's exercise of the day works not just your chest and shoulders, but your back, abs, legs, stamina, and flexibility.......what a great way to start your day! It's called the Hindu push-up, and I'll throw in another version of it at the end.
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1- First, you want to get into the standard push-up, or plank, position, except have your feet wider than your shoulders. Keep your elbows and wrists in line with your shoulders.
2. Push your torso back, so your butt is going up in the air, as if you are going into the Downward Dog position in yoga. You may go up on your toes a little bit, which is fine, but be sure to keep your hands in the same position.
3. Now, using a deep exhalation and A LOT of control, swoop your torso down, leading with your chest, towards the floor. Keep your chin up. Your elbows may bend slightly, but try to keep them close to your torso....triceps working overtime! A friend of mine calls this the "going under the fence" movement.
4. When your chest reaches its lowest point, continue the swoop upwards by pressing into your hands and extending your arms straight upwards.
5. On your next exhalation with your abs engaged, and keeping your arms straight, move your butt back into the elevated position as described in Step 2. That's 1 repetition.
Do as many reps as possible.
Not hard enough for you? Try to do the Hindu Pushup with your feet on the wall. Scroll to about minute 3 of this video: