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Can You Do Pushups the Day After a Chest Workout?

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Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.
Can You Do Pushups the Day After a Chest Workout?
Pushups are a body-weight exercise that strengthen your chest. Photo Credit George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Having strong chest muscles might not have the same appeal to you as six-pack abs, but upper-body strength plays a role in a multitude of everyday movements. Strength training is an effective way to build not only your chest muscles, but also the other muscles throughout your body. If you've just strengthened your chest, it's ideal to take a day or two for recovery before you perform pushups.

Allow Time for Recovery

Whether your chest workout includes bench presses or chest dips, your pectoral muscles require time to rest before you exercise them again. Healthy adults should perform strength-training exercises up to three times per week with a day or two of rest between each session. Performing pushups the day after you've exercised your chest might cause muscle aches and joint pain, which are symptoms of overtraining.

The Sky's the Limit

Don't be disappointed if you can't perform pushups 24 hours after your chest workout. If you're eager to keep in shape, devote your daily workout time to aerobic exercise, which plays a role in your overall health in a number of ways. If you're determined to strength train, focus on a completely separate group of muscles, such as those in your legs. To strengthen your quads, for example, perform squats or leg presses.

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