Benefit of Plank Exercises
Plank exercises are one of the best exercises for core conditioning.
Planks are considered a body weight exercise, they do not require any special equipment.
Plank exercises do not take a lot of time, they can make a difference with just a few minutes a day.
Planks will help tone and strengthen muscles
Plank exercises work multiple from your shoulders down to your feet.
Plank exercises not only engage core muscles but muscles in your arms, shoulders, neck, back, hips and legs are also needed
Plank exercises will help tone the abdominal muscles.
Plank exercises help tone and strengthen back muscles. Strengthening back muscles can help prevent back pain by supporting your spine.
Plank exercises will increase your metabolism
Strength training will increase your metabolism both during and after your workout. Increasing metabolism will help burn calories.
Plank exercises will increase balance
Using multiple muscles at one time will allow stretching of many muscles and tendons making you more flexible.
Core strengthening helps stabilize the spine and pelvis. Most of our activities such as walking, sitting, and standing all require activation of our core muscles.
Strengthening our core muscles will increase balance and may decrease the risk of falls.
Lightweight and airy-great for a workout
According to the Mayo Clinic,
“Core exercises train the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work in harmony.
This leads to better balance and stability, whether on the playing field or in daily activities.”
“Your core stabilizes your body, allowing you to move in any direction, even on the bumpiest terrain, or stand in one spot without losing your balance. Viewed this way, core exercises can lessen your risk of falling”. Harvard Health
Strengthening the core muscles may decrease the risk of injury, “multifaceted prevention programs including core stabilization exercises appear to be effective at reducing lower extremity injury rates.” Sports Health
Plank exercises help improve posture
Core strengthening exercises help improve spinal and posture control which require muscle support.
Strengthening muscles increase bone density
Strength training will help build stronger bones. As we age, bone density decreases. Doing exercises such as planks which engage different muscles which will help maintain healthy bones.
Will you embark on a plank fitness challenge?