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Is it Good to Do Push-Ups Every Day?

author image Frank Yemi
Frank Yemi has been a professional writer since 2007, and has contributed to several health and fitness magazines. He has worked as a medical fact checker and sports nutritionist in the United Kingdom. Yemi holds a Bachelor of Science in medical physiology, as well as a Master of Science in applied sports nutrition.
Is it Good to Do Push-Ups Every Day?
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The push-up is a versatile exercise that develops your chest, arms, abdominal muscles and back. It primarily targets the pectoral muscles in the chest. By performing pus-ups on a daily basis, you can gain upper-body strength and improved balance. However, you run an increased risk of exercise-related injuries in the process. Always consult your doctor before beginning this or any other exercise regimen.


Performing push-ups every day will improve your athletic performance and appearance. You will benefit from the increased muscular strength for contact sports such as football or basketball. Doing push-ups can also potentially help increase your metabolism.


When your muscles don’t have time to recover from your workouts, they may become sore and feel stiff. This means you are overtraining your muscles. According to the American Council on Exercise, chronic muscle pain, poor exercise performance, sleep problems, loss of appetite and a chronically elevated heart rate at rest or when exercising are some of the signs that you are overworked. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, take a week off, see your local physician and cut back on your push-up routine based on the recommendations of your doctor and a certified fitness professional.

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