This exercise is a modified version of the push-up you may have done years ago in physical education classes. It is less challenging than a classic push-up and won't require you to get down on the floor—but it will help to strengthen your arms, shoulders, and chest.
- Find a wall that is clear of any objects—wall hangings, windows, etc. Stand a little farther than arm's length from the wall.
- Facing the wall, lean your body forward and place your palms flat against the wall at about shoulder height and shoulder-width apart.
- To a count of four, bend your elbows as you lower your upper body toward the wall in a slow, controlled motion, keeping your feet planted.
- Pause. Then, to a count of two, slowly push yourself back until your arms are straight—but don't lock your elbows.
- Repeat 10 times for one set. Rest for one to two minutes. Then complete a second set of 10 repetitions.
Make sure you:
- Don't round or arch your back.