A minute planking is never wasted!

Full plank pose 

Full plank pose 

A few reasons why we should plank everyday!

 

Define this stomach!

Everybody wants a flat stomach. But to reveal it you have to shred some belly fat! Sit-ups or crunches are not the most effective abs workout.  As planks work on more muscles, they burn more calories. They also strengthen deep muscles and build a solid base for the more superficial ones.

 

Eliminate back pain

Did you know that back pain touches 4 of 5 Americans at some point in their life? When you plank, your core gets stronger, from every angle! Not only you get a beautiful 6-pack, but also strengthen your deep abdominal muscles.  Planks involve minimal movement, but you need to hold good form for a few seconds. It contracts all the layers of your ab muscles building a strong core keeping you away from back pain.

 

Stand up straight!

Guess what’s key when we talk about posture? Yep, you guessed it: with a trained and strong core you will be able to stand and sit straighter longer. A strong core makes you less prone to round your back and shoulders when you have to stand for a long time or spend a day sitting in front of a computer at work.

 

The plank is an amazing core exercise that lights up a multitude of muscles all at once. Since many variations on the plank exist, it’s easy to switch things up and enrich your workouts! Beside, it’s free, fast and no equipment needed!

Convinced? If you are already plank addicted, here is a video with… 100 plank variations!!

Hope you enjoy!