One of my FAVORITE exercises is one that you can do anywhere with no equipment. (Although, adding a stability ball will absolutely push your workout to the next level!). It is the PLANK! This move challenges your entire body and burns more calories than any other traditional abdominal exercise. The muscles you strengthen will ensure you burn MORE energy even when you are at rest. What does that mean? I helps keep your metabolic rate high – and keep it high all day long (even when you are asleep!).
If that wasn’t enough – here are 5 more reasons to plank!
A Toned Belly
Planking will help build your deep inner core muscles that lay the groundwork for that six-pack look. As your abdominal muscles become stronger, your mid-section will tighten.
Reduce Back Pain
Planks work for back pain because they strengthen your core, which has the pleasant “side effect” of reducing back pain. They also strengthen your back muscles, especially those in your upper back.
While building strength, planks also increase flexibility in your posterior muscle groups. The muscles around your shoulders, collarbone, and shoulder blades will expand and stretch (an area that often receives little attention), as will your hamstrings and even the arches of your feet and your toes.
Improve Your Mood
Virtually every exercise has the potential to give you a mood boost, and planks are no exception. Planks are unique, however, in that they help stretch and ultimately relax muscles groups that often become stiff and tense from prolonged sitting. The tension release that planks provide is uplifting for your spirit.
Improve Your Balance and Posture
To do a plank correctly, you must engage your abs to stay upright. Side planks or planks with extensions are particularly beneficial for building balance, as are planks performed on a stability ball. In addition, planks work all the muscles you need to maintain proper posture, like your back, chest, shoulders, abs, and neck. If you do planks regularly, you’ll find you’re able to sit or stand up straighter with ease.
So… what are you waiting for?!? Let’s get planking!!!
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