This week’s Ask Denise question comes from Bee60Sue, a member of my Whole-Body Plan who posted in my online community, “How do I avoid wrist pain while doing push-ups or planks?” Read and watch my new video for tips!
Planks and push-ups are one of the fastest ways to strengthen your muscles. They can be done anywhere, anytime. They benefit your body in so many ways: with a plank you’re strengthening your core and shoulders, and push-ups are a great mainstay and essential exercise in your training to improve upper body strength! Plus they are versatile – you can be on your toes or knees, whatever fits your fitness ability.
Sometimes, all that stands between an individual and pain-free planks or push-ups are some simple adjustments to their form! Watch this video for tips on how to prevent wrist pain while doing push-ups or plank.
Push-ups and planks are both tried and true proven exercises to improve your muscles, and are part of the workouts in my Whole Body Plan. But – you have to use proper form to protect your wrists! Place your hands shoulder-width apart. The key is keeping your shoulders in line with your wrists to keep your wrists healthy. Feet can either be shoulder-width apart, as well, or, if you prefer, your feet can be touching. If you’re a beginner and more comfortable performing a push-up from your knees, then go for it! Then you want to think of your body as a straight line from the top of your head to your heels with your hips held up and not sagging. At the top of a push-up or a high plank your arms should be straight and supporting your body weight. See if you can do 10 push-ups or hold plank for up to one minute! Do the best you can and give yourself credit for trying!
There are some people that experience wrist pain while doing push-ups or planks. Wrist pain can be caused by several underlying issues. If you have carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis, or if you have an injury, push-ups and planks can cause extra strain on your wrists. It’s always good to know what’s really behind pain by seeking advice from a health care professional.
Let’s get fitter, together – inside and out,