Hey Y’all! Another Monday down, another day closer to Christmas. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but it truly is amazing to me how fast this year has flown by. I honestly feel like it was just yesterday I moved to Kuwait. I guess it’s true, that as you get older the years go by quicker. Such is life =)
I have a pretty busy day consisting of grocery shopping, cleaning, e-mails & articles to write, so today’s post will be quite short. Sorry.
As many of you know I was selected to be apart of Tribesports team last week. If you missed the post, I mentioned that Tribesports provide members with platforms to connect with others, take fitness challenges, share advice, and recipes with one another.
Well, with that being said. it’s my job to inform y’all of some pretty awesome workouts; such as Hindu Push Ups.
What are Hindu Push Ups?
- A variation of push ups which build strength and flexibility through a wider range of motion which challenges the whole body; from abs to ass, you’ll feel these push ups working!
What makes Hindu Push Ups different from the Standard Push Up?
- The starting and middle positions are very similar to the yoga postures downward facing dog and cobra rather than traditional push ups which maintains a rigid plank which is levered by the arms.
- Hands are positioned at waist level when body is straightened in a Hindu push up rather than shoulder level like regular push ups.
- The fluid motion of the Hindu push up improves flexibility in the hips, hamstrings, quads and lower back – traditional push ups engage these muscle to hold the body in a straight line, building strength but not flexibility.
What are similarities between Hindu Push Ups & Standard Push Ups?
- Both Hindu and regular push ups improve chest and arm strength.
- Both will build your core strength.
- Start in the up position (closely resembling downward facing dog). Start the Hindu Push Up with your legs wide apart, your hands planted on the ground and your midsection raised high into the air so that your body forms an inverted “V.” Make sure to keep your head down so you don’t strain your neck.
- Swoop down from the starting position in a controlled and paced way. The descent places lots of tension on your arms and upper chest so you might be tempted to just fall into the descent. Despite this, you should maintain control so that you end up in the down position with your back straight. From here, swing forward so that you arch your back and look up to the ceiling.
- Push back up. This final stage is where the difference between the Hindu and the famous dive-bomber push up comes in to play. While the dive-bomber requires that you bend your arms to come back to the starting position, with the Hindu version you keep your arms straight and bend your back to get to the starting position.
- Get back to the starting position and repeat. Once you’re back in your starting position you should immediately descend into the swoop and begin the process again.
So as you can see from both this workout & the past one I’ve posted, they can either be done by themselves or added on to the end or beginning of your planned workout. Enjoy! Also, I’d love to hear how you liked this workout if you end up trying it out =)
Also, before I forget…(again), I wanted to share both yesterday & today’s #elf4health challenge:
Monday: Track your water intake today. Try to drink your body weight in ounces of water!
Tips to drink more water:
- Carry a water bottle with you everywhere
- Add flavor to your water with fresh fruit, lemon, mint, etc…
- Don’t wait til you’re thirsty – sip throughout the day
- Drink a big glass of water before each meal
**Yesterday, I drank 85 ounces of water.
Tuesday: Clean out your fridge today & pantry today! Get rid of expired and unhealthy things!
Good Elf Idea: Organization guru? Snap a photo of your pantry and share some of your organization secrets!
Have a wonderful day ❤