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The Plank – One Exercise – Many Benefits

The Plank – One Exercise – Many Benefits

 

The plank not only strengthens the core but also engages several muscle groups all that same time. There are many benefits to planking such as increasing flexibility, improved posture, improved balance, stronger, flatter, and a more defined abdominal area.  Planking also reduces back pain and improves your mood. 

Planking enhances flexibility in a person’s posterior muscle groups also known as the stabilizer muscles. Planking works hard to target areas around the collarbone, shoulders, and shoulder blades.  Planking causes these muscles to expand and stretch as well as the arches of the feet and toes. 

A simple plank targets the transverse abdominis muscles, engaging 29 core muscles at once.  By planking, you’re preserving muscle mass when cutting calories and boosting metabolism.  Building a leaner, stronger body.

Planking is the most common exercise prescribed to help prevent and maintain back pain.  Why? Planking is safe, modifiable, and progressive.  You control the intensity and duration and can build from there. You’re strengthening your core and aligning your spine; which helps with back pain.  When holding a plank you are using all the layers of your abdominal fascia.  Along with muscles that have become weak from a sedentary lifestyle.  

Planking also improves your mood through Contract and Relax; a technique commonly used for relaxation.  That does just as it says, contracting various muscles and then relaxing them.  When planking you’re stretching those high tension areas stiff from prolonged sitting.  A plank will get your blood flowing, uplift your spirit, and leave you with a pleasant feeling.

One exercise move 1-3 minutes per day will not only improve your quality of life but boost your energy, physique, mental focus, and self-esteem.  The second you get into position you’re targeting 29 muscles.  This simple exercise works your back, pelvis, and core muscles.  These muscles hold in your belly, correct posture, increase stability, balance, and help prevent low back pain.  


A plank is one of the most effective exercises you can do. 

 

-Jennifer Suian

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