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A closer look at the PLANK

The PLANK

We all know some old faithful exercise that always seems to make it into our exercise routine, but not really knowing the reason why. You might have heard someone saying it works for this or that, but you don’t truly know everything about it.  This post series will give you insights to some of the best exercises to include into your workout. First up the PLANK.

HOW TO DO A PLANK

Start your plank by getting ino a press up position. Bend your elbows and rest your weight on your forearms and not on your hands. Place your elbows  directly under your shoulders. Your body should form a straight line from shoulders to ankles. Engage your core by sucking your belly button into your spine.

BENEFITS OF A PLANK

Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. They require a small time investment and can be done in the comfort of your own home.

This is an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles, because they engage all major core muscle groups. It is important to  try and engage a variety of muscles when doing body weight exercises.

Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips.

By doing planks it improves your ability to stand with straight. Through strengthening your core you will be able to maintain proper posture at all times.

Lastly one of my favourite reasons for doing a plank is the the way it allows you to challenge yourself. By increasing your plank time day by day you’ll feel your body getting stronger.

There is a lot of monthly plank challenges to try on the internet like the one below.

Go on and try it. There is nothing better than a new challenge.

Love Arina

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