The health benefits of push-ups and how to do them correctly to get the most out of your workout

The health benefits of push-ups are extensive, and they are one of the best exercises to build muscle.
The health benefits of push-ups are extensive, and they are one of the best exercises to build muscle.

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  • The benefits of push-ups include strengthening a wide range of muscles and improving your cardiovascular health. 

  • In addition, there are many ways to modify your push-up form to further target specific muscle groups. 

  • Here’s how to do push-ups effectively for their health benefits, whether you’re a beginner or an expert.  

  • This article was medically reviewed by Joey Thurman, CSCS, CPT, FNS, a Chicago-based fitness expert and MYX Fitness coach.

  • Visit Insider’s Health Reference library for more advice.

Push-ups are an effective workout that can target multiple muscle groups, providing many health benefits with few serious risks. 

“Push-ups will improve your health by building muscle, raising your metabolism to burn fat, and providing a cardiovascular benefit,” says Robert S. Herbst, a personal trainer and former world champion powerlifter. “They

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