Push-ups are excellent exercises for building strength and endurance in the chest, arms, and shoulders. They’re convenient, because you can do them anytime, anywhere, without equipment; and they’re adaptable for all fitness levels.
People with very low upper-body strength often start by performing push-ups against a wall or kitchen counter. And those with advanced upper-body strength can choose from many challenging push-up variations (such as stability ball push-ups and TRX ® suspended push-ups).
Doing push-ups daily isn’t recommended; your muscles need a day or two in between strength-training sessions for rest and recovery. Working push-ups into your fitness routine 2-3 times a week is plenty.
If you don’t like push-ups, don’t fret — you can target the same muscle groups by doing the chest press or bench press using weight machines, barbells, dumbbells, or resistance bands. A certified fitness professional can develop a strength training program tailored to your specific needs, interests, and goals.