Planks are one of the best and most rewarding exercises. In fact, the benefits of planking every day far outweigh the couple minutes of torture exercise you’re actually doing. Using a training plan that focuses on safely increasing your planking time or the number of planks you can do will benefit you in more ways than you may realize.
Still not convinced planking is for you? Check out our top 5 reasons to plank every day and learn more:
1. Define Your Core
Having a strong core can improve many of your everyday activities! From walking up a flight of stairs to picking up your children or grandchildren, a healthy core will assist your arms and legs to work more efficiently and help you to avoid injury. Engaging your core when you plank each day will quickly help you to strengthen those muscles.
2. Improve Your Mood
Any workout increases your flow of endorphins, but since planking is a quick and easy workout (and doesn’t require any special equipment) try dropping down and planking for a minute if you’re feeling blue.
3. Workout Anywhere
Whether you’re traveling or just crunched for time, planking is one of the easiest exercises to fit into your busy schedule! It literally just takes a matter of minutes and you can even get others involved to make it more fun.
4. Challenge Yourself
The almighty plank is one of the best exercises for gauging improvement! Since you can do it almost anywhere and at any time, try setting a baseline for yourself and strive to safely increase either the time you hold your plank or the number of planks you can do. You’ll be delighted at how fast you will see improvements.
5. Improve posture & balance
A strong core is the foundation for improving posture and balance. Whether it’s sitting at a desk all day or just the aging process, many people find their shoulders start to hunch. A plank a day will keep the hunch at bay and will help keep those shoulders up and straighten your back.
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