Did you set a resolution to move even more in the new year? Or, are you just looking to kick off a new fitness routine? Our video series, 60 Seconds To Fit, is here to help. Each one-minute clip breaks down a different exercise, showing you how to do it with perfect form. “In the beginning, you might perform the moves at a slower pace and for a shorter duration than you expected, and that’s okay,” explains celebrity trainer Suzanne Bowen.“Having good form means you’ll work the correct muscles — and help prevent injuries. It’s about cultivating strength and control,” she says.
This is a great total-body exercise that requires no special equipment. Start by standing up straight with your feet hip-width apart. Lean forward to place your hands on the floor. Bend your knees as much as you need in order to press your palms flat.
Walk your hands out until you are at the top of a push-up position. Make sure your wrists are directly below your shoulders. Keep your core tight and your head in line with your spine. Pause here; then, walk your hands back until they’re in front of your feet, and stand back up. That’s one rep. Beginners should aim for 10 reps, and more advanced exercisers can do 15-20. Rest, then repeat.
Make it harder: Add a full pushup. (Check out our tips for perfect pushup form.) Aim for 15-25 reps.