First off, for anyone who may not know, planking is a body weight exercise that puts a focus on core stability. As seen in the picture and description below, planking is quite simple, yet very difficult at the same time.
How to plank:
1. Get into a push up position (you can also add difficulty and lower yourself to your elbows.)
2. Hold your torso completely rigid and make sure your body is in a straight line from ears to ankles. No dumping or sagging of the hips!
3. Head is relaxed and looking at the floor.
3. That’s it!
(Reference the picture to the right. Do not attempt without permission from your doctor or fitness professional)
Due to sedentary lifestyles, or an over use of machines while performing exercises, many people lack core stability which is essential to the human body.
A large segment of the population deals with some kind of discomfort.
1. Support Your Spine
If you have not exercised in a while, deal with tightness in your back or simply just skip core work when at the gym planks can do wonders for you.
Planking is a way for your body to build muscle without putting high impact stress on the spine. This allows the muscles surrounding your spinal column to strengthen and add support.
Not only will this significantly reduce back pain, but it will greatly decrease your risk to injury.
2. It’s EASY
Planking is easily one of the best and simplest exercises you can do for your body.
It also eliminates any possible excuses because you can essentially just drop down and starting planking right this second as you are reading this post.
3. Enhance Your Mind!
Planking is a great way to improve your overall mood because of the effects it can have on your nerves.
While planking you are elongating muscle groups that usually contribute to the stress and tension in your body.
4. Strengthen Your Posture
By holding yourself in a plank position you are strengthening the right muscles to hold your body in correct form, or posture.
This will keep your bones and joints positioned properly, which can help to take stress off of your joints and decrease your chances of pain or injury.
5. Rev Up The Metabolism
If you are spending a majority of your days in front of the computer or in a sedentary state, planking can be one of the most efficient ways to burn calories and speed up your metabolism.
Planking utilizes many more muscles in your body than most of the traditional ab exercises.
Here is the part that matters the most out of everything in this post. YOU HAVE TO DO THEM EVERY DAY!
Do not expect results if you try to do a plank one or two times. Adaptation does not happen over night… well, technically it does, but you know what I mean.
If you plank every morning and evening, before and after work, you will see significant changes in your body, mind and overall daily life.
Give it a try and let us know if you have any questions, but ONLY give it a try if you have no limitations medically, orthopedically.
I?f you are not sure if you should be performing exercises you should go see your doctor before attempting.