The most effective exercise which can help you build stability and strength is the plank. If you practice it regularly, you’ll feel a number of benefits on your body and organism in whole. Below, we present you a list of some of the benefits of the planks:
How to Plank?
Start with a pushup and make sure your upper body is straight and your toes and elbows are slightly raised of the round. Take deep breaths while in this position and make sure when you contract your buttock muscles to divide the weight on both legs and elbows, so you can have more strength and balance.
What Are The Benefits?
- Improved posture and balance
By doing planks you will keep your abdomen, shoulders, neck, back and chest muscles strong and you will keep a good posture, since planks will keep your back straight and this will inevitably improve your balance.
- Improved flexibility
Your posterior muscle groups will become more flexible with planks. This exercise also influences the shoulders, collarbone and even hamstrings.
- Strong core
Plank also trains the core muscles of the abdomen which lays the foundation for creating those defined rectus abdominis.
- Better coordination
Once you start practicing planks you’ll notice how your body becomes more stable and coordinated. This is why we recommend doing side planks every day.
- Boosting your metabolism
Different studies confirm that planks burn more calories than traditional exercises. Make sure you plank every morning right after you wake up and you’ll see the results in no time.
- Reduced risk of back and spine injuries
By doing planks you will reduce your back pain and you will provide a strong support for your spine. Planks are effective in strengthening the muscles without adding unnecessary strain on the spine.
- Improved psychological state
Planks also have a positive effect on our nervous system, since they helps stretch and relax the muscles which are stiffened due to stress. If you have anxiety and you feel depressed planks can also help you solve this problem. They are able to improve your mood and make you feel better.