This easier alternative to floor push-ups still strengthens the chest, abdominal, arm and shoulder muscles, making it easier to complete everyday tasks. Increase the angle when you are ready to make it more challenging.
Put your hands on the wall at chest height. Bring your feet closer together. Bend at the elbows to bring your face closer to the wall, moving as one straight line from your head to your heels. Exhale as you push the wall away.
As this gets easier, move the feet farther away, and the hands lower down on the wall. Repeat, exhaling on the push away and bending the elbows alongside the body.
If you have wrist issues that make this painful to do with your hands flat on the wall, try using a closed fist with the thumb side up. Go as close to the wall as you can while still being able to push yourself back up, and don’t hold your breath.
As this gets easier, you can further increase the angle by using a stable countertop or desk, and eventually, the floor.