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The Simplest and Most Effective Exercise in Existence: The Power Push-up

The Simplest and Most Effective Exercise in Existence: The Power Push-up

What if I told you there was one simple exercise you could do anywhere that would improve the way you look, think, and feel? Well there is. By adopting it, you can learn to break bad habits that are injuring your body.

Let me introduce you to the Power Push-up – the simplest and most effective exercise in existence.

Why the Power Push-Up

I used to focus on quantity instead of quality when I did workout exercises. In fact, I didn’t change my approach until I started injuring myself. I was performing way too many repetitions with poor form.

By shifting your focus from quantity to quality, you will find that your maximum repetitions will drop significantly. However, this should not matter because in the end you will be rewarded with phenomenal gains and a healthy body.

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So, what exercise should you shift your focus to? The answer is the Power Push-up.

The push-up exercise is one of the most basic exercises you can do. It is simple and can be done in any location imaginable. Equally important, it is extremely effective as it works several muscles in your body.

Nevertheless, most people concentrate on quantity rather than quality when doing push-ups. In doing so, this leads to strain and injury and turns this powerful, yet simple exercise into a disastrous one.

How the Power Push-Up makes you fitter and healthier

This exercise will force you to do push-ups the right way. It will help you lose weight, strengthen your muscles, and improve your metabolism. From professional journals to blogs, nearly everyone agrees that (if done correctly) push-ups provide phenomenal health benefits.

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Let’s examine some of these benefits:[1]

  • Increased muscle strength
  • Strong abdominal muscles
  • Increase in bone mass and strength
  • Increase in chest muscles and strength
  • Improved metabolism
  • Increased muscle mass in biceps and triceps
  • Improved stomach shape and weight loss
  • Improved posture

On the whole, the Power Push-up is simple and can be performed anywhere. It uses nearly every muscle in the human body and prevents injury.

How to perform the Power Push-Up

To demonstrate the Power Push-up, I highly recommend viewing the following video:

Let’s examine how to perform the Power Push-up in four simple steps:

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    1. Body Position. Tilt your pelvis backward and keep your butt squeezed tight.
    2. Arm Position. Place your wrists in a nearly vertical line under your shoulder. Avoid out flared elbows completely.
    3. Range of Motion. Don’t cheat! Go all the way up and all the way down. This takes a while to get used to, because it is easy to cheat if you focus on quantity.
    4. Shoulder Blade Movement. This is the movement I most often neglected, which led to injuries. Focus on pushing your shoulder blades downward instead of up.

    Make time for the exercise, as little as 5 to 10 minutes each day to start to pick up this exercise at the beginning. Gradually, you will experience a fitter and healthier body.

    Personally, I have a 24 Hour Workout routine to stay fit and keep my brain sharp, you can check out my other article for the details:

    This 24 Hour Workout Will Leave You Thinking, Looking And Feeling So Good

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    If you find that you can’t shift your focus from quantity to quality because you desire a high number of repetitions, then try this – stop counting. Use the following advice offered by Muhammad Ali,

    “I only start counting when it starts hurting. When I feel pain, that’s when I start counting, because that’s when it really counts.”

      Featured photo credit: Antonio Diaz, Getty Image via gettyimages.com

      Reference

      [1] DrHealthBenefits: 17 Health Benefits of Push Up

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      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

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      Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

      To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

      Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

      1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

      Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

      Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

      To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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      2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

      Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

      If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

      Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

      3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

      Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

      Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

      4. Feed Your Brain

      Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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      This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

      Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

      Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

      5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

      According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

      Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

      Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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      6. Write it Down

      If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

      It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

      You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

      7. Listen to Music

      Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

      8. Visual Concepts

      In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

      Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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      Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

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      Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

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      So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

      Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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