Chest Exercises Strengthen And Tone

Chest exercises strengthen and tone the upper body. Burning calories and conditioning for daily tasks is also a benefit.

Women as well as men can benefit from a strong chest. For women, working this area can lift a sagging chest and breasts. For men, a strong shapely chest helps with sports and daily tasks (pushing a lawn mower, playing tennis, etc.). Posture can be improved for this area as another side benefit.

Not only are the chest muscles worked, but your shoulders and triceps are also toned. Since this is a fairly large muscle group calories are burned which helps in a weight loss program. By working your chest, believe it or not,it helps fight belly fat.

Women need not be concerned about developing bulk. Working the chest actually improves the shape and look. It would take an extreme amount of exercise and strict nutrition to get an extreme look.

For best results in toning and shaping, work the chest three non-consecutive days. Do three sets of 12-16 reps of each exercise. The best exercises for beginners would be (1)push-ups (2) chest presses and (3)Chest flies.

Basic Chest Exercises:

1. Push-ups-Lie on your stomach. With your hands on the sides of your chest, legs extended back. Keeping your stomach tight, push up with a straight back. Lower and repeat. Do 8-12 repetitions.

2. Chest press- Lie back on a bench. Hold a dumbbell in each hand. With your hands close to your chest, extend the dumbbells upward above your chest. lower and repeat. Do 8-12 repetitions.

3. Chest flies- Lie back on a bench. Hold a dumbbell in each hand, palms facing. With elbows slightly bent, Lower to the sides, lift up above the chest. Repeat. Do 18-12 repetitions.

Chest workouts can be an important part of an all around fitness routine. Work this area for strength, tone, and shape. Don't forget your chest exercises.

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