No matter what kind of physical condition you're in, it's never too late to start doing some kind of exercise. Every month in 4you PRIMETIME, Tampa trainer Kristen Carli and her clients will demonstrate a safe and (relatively) simple exercise you can do at home or at the gym. This week, she and Judith Means, 70, of South Tampa demonstrate pushups. It's always a good idea to check with your doctor to determine what level of workout is right for you. When you get the go-ahead, focus on exercises that work on balance, strength, flexibility and endurance. 1 Lie across a flat bench (or even your bed at home) and put your hands on the floor palms down, about shoulder-width apart. Keep arms straight. Beginners should start with their thighs on the edge of the bench. Over time, as you get stronger and more comfortable, you can scoot forward until you're resting on your calves — or even your ankles or toes.2 Lower your torso to the ground until your elbows form a 90-degree angle. Push back up until your arms are straight again. Inhale as you lower your body; exhale as you push up. Repeat. Stop when your lower back gets tired or you simply can't push up again safely. Tips: Kristen says doing pushups this way helps isolate your core and improves your form. She prefers this method to "girl pushups," which are done on the floor with the knees bent. If you're worried about crashing into the floor, place a small pillow where your head touches as you lower your body.
Kristen Carli works at Body Construction in Tampa as a personal trainer, nutritionist, weight-loss coach and body-building coach. Contact her at (727) 698-9127 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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