The back and shoulders get most of the attention when it comes to posture. But your pectoral muscles (pecs) also help you stand tall by supporting your shoulder blades and joints.
If you work a desk job, it’s especially important to exercise your chest muscles with weights and resistance training. Being hunched over a computer all day causes the chest muscles to shrink while simultaneously making the muscles in your back longer. Chest exercises will open up your chest and develop these muscles, helping you stand taller.
Your pectoral muscles help you hold things, squeeze things, pick things up, and push and pull objects. So, it only makes sense that a strong chest can help you push more, lift more, throw more, and carry more.
Building chest strength is especially helpful for women, who tend to have less muscle mass in the chest than men due to natural anatomical and hormonal differences. Building chest strength can make everyday activities easier—from hoisting boxes to lifting kids and pets to hauling in loads of groceries.
Regular chest workouts can make your chest look more defined and toned. This can boost your self-confidence and make you feel better about your appearance.
Women often worry that training their chest will make their breasts smaller, but building muscle under the breasts doesn’t take away breast tissue. In fact, chest workouts can help lift the breasts, giving them a slightly larger, more rounded appearance.
Strong pecs not only look good, but they also activate muscles in the back, shoulders, and triceps, aiding with all kinds of upper body movement. Here are some common chest exercises to help you get cut and strong.