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If you’re trying to get fitter this year, then push-ups may well be a part of your new workout routine. Push-ups can be a challenging exercise – especially if you’re not doing them right. There are a few things to look out for to ensure you’ve got the correct form.
Follow these steps for a perfect push-up:
Start the movement with your chest and stomach on the floor. Your hands should be shoulder-width apart and slightly to the sides of your chest, your arms bent out at 45-degree angles and your legs straight out behind you.
Squeeze your shoulders, bottom and abdominals and breathe out as you push through your hands to lift your body off the ground in a straight line.
Pause for a moment in this straight ‘plank’ position, keeping your ‘core’ tummy muscles tight. Don’t let your back sag or arch.
Breathe in as you bend your elbows and slowly lower back down until your chest is a few centimetres from the floor.
If you’re new to working out or you’re finding push-ups difficult, try raising your hands and upper body on a bench or step. This takes some of the pressure off your core.