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—the push-up.
• 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 and slowly move downward toward the floor. Be sure to keep your back straight in a neutral position.
• Hold for a count of two and return to starting position.
• Perform eight to 12 reps and work up to three or four sets.
Tip: If you’re a beginner, be sure to 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 wants 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.