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Modified push-up

You can do push-ups anywhere. The push-up is one of the best exercises for arm strength while working your entire body. Don’t be intimidated — you can start on your knees and then build up to regular pushups on the balls of your feet. Targets: arms, butt/hips, chest, shoulder, core, full body.

Starting position: Go down on your hands and knees and place your hands on the floor directly beneath your shoulders, fingers facing forward. Adjust your knees so that your torso is in a straight line with your head, with no bend in your hips.

Down and up: Keeping your elbows close to your body, slowly bend them to lower your body to the floor (just touching or hovering above) without allowing your hips to sag. Imagine you have a cup of water on your lower back. Push back up, maintaining that same rigidity.

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