What Are the Benefits and Risks of Doing Daily Pushups?
What are the benefits of doing pushups every day?
Traditional pushups are beneficial for building upper body strength. They work the triceps, pectoral muscles, and shoulders. When done with proper form, they can also strengthen the lower back and core by engaging (pulling in) the abdominal muscles.
Pushups are a fast and effective exercise for building strength. They can be done from virtually anywhere and don’t require any equipment.
Doing pushups every day can be effective if you’re looking for a consistent exercise routine to follow. You will likely notice gains in upper body strength if you do pushups regularly.
For the best results, continue to add variety to the types of pushups you do. You can also follow a “pushup challenge“ where you gradually increase the number of pushups each week. You can work up to doing 100 reps in two months.
One risk of doing anyone exercise every day is that your body will no longer be challenged after a while. That increases your risk of plateauing (when you no longer gain the same benefits from your workout).
This happens because your muscles adapt and improve their function when they are stressed (as they are when you’re weight lifting or doing other exercises like pushups, for example). So it’s important to continue to challenge your muscles to improve your strength and physical fitness level.
If you’re going to do pushups each day, having the correct form is also important. Doing pushups without proper form can lead to an injury. For example, you may experience lower back or shoulder pain if you don’t do pushups properly.
If pushups are too difficult at first, modify the exercise. Do them on your knees or against a wall.
If pushups are too hard on your wrists or you have a former wrist injury, see a physical therapist before performing pushups. They may recommend dolphin pushups (which are done on your forearms instead of your hands) or knuckle pushups as an alternative.
Always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.