Doing Push-Ups & Breast Soreness

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Doing push-ups tends to lead to breast soreness if you're not careful. Find out about doing push-ups and breast soreness with help from a health and wellness expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Nina Cherie Franklin, health and wellness expert with And I'm here at the H-F Racquet and Fitness Club in Homewood, Illinois. In this clip I'm going to explain to you how to perform a push up. And also explain why you may experience soreness behind your breasts or in your chest region after performing them. Push ups are a great exercise for building up your chest muscles or your pectorals. In addition to your pectorals push ups also work the triceps as well as the front of your shoulders making it a great workout for improving the overall appearance of your upper body. There are two types of push ups, the standard push up and the modified push up. To perform the standard push up position yourself in a horizontal line position. Face down with your body supported by your hands and your feet. You want to position your hands a little wider then shoulder width. In order to perform the exercise lower your body down chest going towards the floor until your elbows are bent at 90 degree angles. To complete the movement push yourself back up to the starting position. When performing the pushup it's important to keep your head down and your neck in alignment with, in a neutral alignment with the rest of your body. The modified push up is pretty much performed in the same way as the standard push up except your body is supported by your hands and your knees. Modified push ups are appropriate if you are a beginner or if you just don't have a lot of upper body strength. Whether you are performing the standard or the modified push ups anywhere between two and three sets of 10 to 20 repetitions is ideal. You can perform the push up up to two to three days a week. So long as the days are not consecutive. Now you may experience soreness behind your breast or in your chest region after performing push ups. Especially if you are a beginner or you don't perform them on a regular basis. This is totally normal as doing any type of resistance training microscopic tears usually occur in the muscle fibers that are worked. So you pretty much have to tear down muscle in order to build it up. The soreness usually lasts only a few days but it can last up to seven days. So do not be alarmed with that. And that is how you perform the push up and why you may experience soreness behind your breast after doing them. This is Dr. Nina Cherie Franklin, thank you for watching.


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