This post was updated July 10, 2020. Thank you.
Wall Push Ups are a good way to build upper body strength fast. They are a big part of what keeps my right shoulder from popping out of place every time I wash myself or roll over in bed. I also believe wall push-ups, along with one other exercise, keep my costochondritis and rib subluxations at bay.
Wall push ups can be done starting out with absolutely no incline so that you aren’t lifting any added body weight and you can slowly add body weight as your strength increases by the amount you tilt your body (the further away your feet gets, the more challenge). Once you’ve leaned as far as you can go on the wall, you can switch to some high backed furniture before moving to the floor to perform conventional push ups, assuming your joints are healthy enough to support your full body weight. Some of us (especially fluffier zebras like myself) may not be able to get to a traditional push up due to joint problems in our backs, arms or hands, but we’re all a little different.
If you’re significantly deconditioned, you may want to start out with just a few reps or even some simpler arm exercises to work your way up, like these other Wall Resistance Exercises.
To see how to do wall push ups, along with tips on adjusting them for your needs. watch the video below.
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