Push-ups are one of karate’s favourite exercises. Why? Push-ups can generate a unified ‘groan’ from a group of students like no other exercise…aside from an extended side-plank.
Why are push-ups good for us?
What is the first thing one would want to do if attacked? PUSH the person off, right? What better way to do that than practice a good PUSH-up?!
Push-ups make us stronger.
Push-ups work on several different muscle groups on your body, including arms, core, and lower body – all at the same time! It’s a great full body workout.
Push-ups also help train our muscles to work together, increasing reaction time. Doing push-ups regularly also helps improve balance and stability. They also work muscles in the chest, shoulders and in the back, possibly preventing chronic pain later on in life.
Boost that metabolism.
Weight-bearing exercises help boost metabolism. Who doesn’t want a well-functioning metabolism. It could mean a guilt-free extra bite of cheesecake.
No more excuses!
What sort of equipment does one need for push-ups? NONE. If you have a working body and a floor, you are good to go!
How many push-ups should I do a day?
As many as you can. If you are just starting push-ups, it’s great to start on your knees.
Keep your core tight and start with 10 at a time.
Once you master the knee push-ups, move to a full push-up position. Try repetitions of 10 at a time. Do what you can and try to push your limits without injuring yourself. You will see an improvement in your ability before you know it.
It’s better to do 5 good push-ups with a tight core than 20 lousy ones with poor form.
For fun, try variations on push-ups by changing the width and position of your hands/arms.
Most importantly, have fun!