Sometimes going to the gym or finding the time to exercise can be rough. Courtney E. Ackerman, author of 5-MINUTE BLISS, shares her quick exercise routine that you can do anywhere! (P.S. it’s a push-up regiment)
If you really need a boost—to your energy level, your mood, or anything else—doing a quick physical exercise can be a great way to get it. Find a spot on the floor that’s clear (and preferably one that’s relatively clean) and drop to your hands and knees. Next, follow these guidelines to ensure that you don’t cheat yourself by doing half-hearted push-ups.
#1. Try to keep your body as stiff and straight as possible; push your tailbone down (so your butt isn’t sticking up) and keep your calves and thighs parallel to each other and to the ground (so your knees aren’t bent).
#2. Make sure your shoulders aren’t drawn up toward your ears. Keep them in a natural position.
#3. Keep your elbows in by your sides to ensure good posture all the way up and all the way down.
#4. Fix your gaze on something a couple feet ahead of you on the ground so you’re looking a bit ahead rather than straight down. This will help keep your neck in proper alignment.
#5. Slowly allow yourself to move toward the ground, while keeping all of the above in mind; don’t let your arms bow out or your butt float up toward the ceiling.
#6. As you push yourself up again, try not to go too fast or in jerky motions. The ideal motion is a smooth one, with just a hint of a pause at the top. You can also pause at the bottom if you’d like to give your muscles an extra challenge
Try to keep all of these in mind. I know it can be hard, but there’s really no point in exercising if you’re not doing it correctly. Improper exercise is a waste of your time, because you won’t be reaping the benefits of your effort. Don’t waste your own time, and honor your effort by committing to proper form! If you can’t drop and give yourself twenty, drop and give yourself ten. Or five. Or one. Or do an alternate version of a push-up, like at a different angle or with your knees on the ground. It doesn’t really matter whether you can do push-ups or how many you can do; what matters is that you give solid effort to an activity that is good for you.
Get more tips to improve your life and fitness in 5-MINUTE BLISS by Courtney E. Ackerman!
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Excerpted from 5-Minute Bliss by Courtney E. Ackerman. Copyright © 2019 by the author. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.