We received this as a question:
“What do I do if I canâ€™t even do 1 beginner pushup? I know that sounds pathetic, but I really tried and I guess I just donâ€™t have much arm strength.. I know I need this exercise, and my husband thought itâ€™d be a nice way for us to begin family exercise, but I am unsure how to start.”
Good question. It’s not pathetic at all. Arm/shoulder strength isn’t a given in anyone; and there are probably more people in your boat than you realize.
To make pushups easier we need to minimize gravity. It’s not as hard as it sounds. Here are some options:
Try in front of your stairs. Stand or kneel (depending on ability), and then lay against the stairs. Put your hands on the stair that hits just below your shoulders and try a pushup.
Or, stand upright in front of a wall. Move your feet back 2-4′ depending on your ability. It will be more difficult the farther you stand from the wall. Keep your body straight, lean forward to where your forehead touches the wall, and push back. You might want to mark the floor where you will be standing each time.
Any other questions?
“That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:6