It's a good exercise that uses your own weight as resistance, but if it's not done properly you may hurt yourself or have shoulder, back or wrists injuries.
Here are some tips to do a correct push up:
- You must have your chest straight.
- Feet should be slightly separated to facilitate stability.
- Hands must be in vertical with your shoulders, to ensure we are focusing on the pectoral muscle.
- Semi flexed arms, hyper extension would make muscle rest and it's not good for elbows.
Now, down to the ground touching it but don't lean on it. If you down just a little, muscle doesn't work totally, and if you down more than normal, you may hurt your shoulders.
It doesn't matter how many push ups can you do. First, start doing it right, then you can increase the number of reps.
So, do you do proper push ups?