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You've Been Doing Pushups Wrong Your Entire Life

Exercising is a necessary activity if you want to stay healthy. Combine proper exercise with a good diet, and your health will be in top condition in the long run.

However, not all exercises are easy to do. In addition, you think you are doing the exercise correctly, but you might actually be wrong. One of the most common exercises is the push-up. So, how exactly do you do one? Read on!

You've Been Doing Pushups Wrong Your Entire Life

You've Been Doing Pushups Wrong Your Entire Life

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This is Antranik.

This is Antranik.

This guy made a video in order to teach people how they can do push-ups the right way.

First, you should think about your hip positioning.

First, you should think about your hip positioning.

If you want to do it the right way, you do not want to stick your butt out when you are doing a plank or a push-up. Tucking your butt allows your back to stay neutral and keeps your abs affected by your movements.

Next, you need to look at your shoulder blades.

Next, you need to look at your shoulder blades.

You see, your shoulder blades can protract and retract. A correct push-up means that your shoulder blades protract after every push-up.

If you don't follow this, you could be 'winging.'

If you don't follow this, you could be 'winging.'

This happens when one or both of your shoulder blades are sticking up from the ribs after every push-up.

You also need to be able to plank properly.

You also need to be able to plank properly.

Even if you cannot really do a push-up, you need to be good at planking. You can do this by following the first two steps: tucking your butt and protracting your shoulder blades.

The next concern is your hand position.

The next concern is your hand position.

Your hands should be apart relatively wider than your shoulder width, but be careful not to make the distance too wide. Your fingers also need to be spread out. Also, turn your fingers out, but not so much. This will help keep your elbows close to your body.

You should also be leaning forward for a bit.

You should also be leaning forward for a bit.

In addition, your index fingers should face forward and not to the side or anywhere else.

This is what a bad push-up looks like in comparison.

This is what a bad push-up looks like in comparison.

This is what happens when you turn your hands in instead of outwards. What's sad is that some advertisements show this wrong kind of doing push-ups.

Another concern is the position of your forearms.

Another concern is the position of your forearms.

The right push-up requires that your forearms will remain vertical. Basically, your forearms should not be going back and bending whenever you do a push-up. 

In order to prevent this, your shoulders should be leaned forward. 

In order to prevent this, your shoulders should be leaned forward. 

If you can follow these steps, you can do proper push-ups and reap the benefits.

Check out the video too!

What other push-up tips do you know? Share them below!

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