Women—Firm Up Your Chest
Some women are unaware that neglecting to train their chest or pectoral muscles is a big mistake. Strong and firm chest muscles help to support the breasts and help prevent the “saggy armpit” syndrome. A great way to start is with a back-to-basics exercise that can help you achieve a more firm chest area.
- Get into a push-up position with arms shoulder-width apart and your hands directly under your shoulders.
- Keeping your midsection tight, bend your arms keeping elbows as close to your body as possible and slowly move downward toward the floor. Be sure to keep your back straight in a neutral position.
- Hold for a count of 2 and return to starting position.
- Perform 8-12 reps and work up to 3-4 sets.
Tip: If you’re a beginner, you can start with modified push-ups by placing your knees on the floor (instead of your feet) and lowering yourself from that position.
Look at it this way; an added bonus to performing push-ups is working the triceps or back of the arm area. None of us want a flabby chest or flabby arms—so let’s get pushing!
In order to avoid risk of injury, please seek advice directly from your physician, especially if you have existing medical issues, before beginning any exercise or nutritional program. Also, be sure to stretch after exercise to avoid muscle and joint tightness.