3 Pushup Mistakes You Could Be Making (And How To Fix Them)

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Ah, the classic pushup. You’ve been doing it for years to gain strength and work your whole body. But we may be fudging up the form of it a little bit. Here are some common ways many of us unintentionally mess up our pushup and some great tactics to help perfect our form to help ensure that we are getting the full benefit of the workout and not risking injury or pain in the process.

1. Your Hands Are Too Far Apart

Many of us have been guilty of doing the pushup where our hands are too far apart. We spread them wide, putting more emphasis on our chest and putting too much stress on your shoulders. Having your arms too far apart also causes our bodies not to work as hard, since there is less distance from our bodies to the ground.

How To Fix It:

Place your hands directly underneath your shoulders so that your elbows are tucked in. This works both your chest and your triceps. This pushup is more difficult, but it saves your shoulders and makes you stronger.

2. You Don’t Stretch It Out 

If you do a set of pushups and don’t shake it out afterward, you are leaving your muscles tight, imbalanced and increasing your risk of developing injury.

How To Fix It:

Do a bridge stretch on a Swiss ball between your sets. Put your head and upper back on the ball, reach your arms out perpendicular to your body and let your hips sink into the floor. Hold this stretch for 10 breaths.

3. Your Neck Moves Unsteadily From Side To Side

Your neck can move unsteadily from side to side when your chest and arms get tired. The trouble with this is is that it can throw your spine out of alignment and increase your chances of injury.

How To Fix It:

Remember that your body needs to be in a straight line from your head to your ankles. By keeping your body in this alignment, your neck will no longer wobble.

 

 

 

Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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