Some of the simplest exercises are the ones with the greatest gains to fitness, and planks are one of those simple but effective workouts you can do daily. Planks look easy to do but holding that straightforward position requires strength and endurance in your abs, back and core.
Here are the benefits of doing planks everyday:
Creating a toned belly
Belly fat is one of the most stubborn places to get rid of but planks greatly help in building your deep inner core muscles laying the ground for that six-pack look. Your abdominal muscles become stronger and your mid-section tightens to give that ideal body shape.
Reducing back pain
Since planks strengthen your core, they help in reducing your back pain. They also strengthen the upper back muscles. The exercise requires minimal movement while contracting all layers of the abdominal. This is an excellent way to strengthen your core and relieve back pain.
Planks not only build on your strength but they also increase the flexibility of your posterior muscle groups like the muscles around your shoulders, collarbone and shoulder blades. Your hamstrings and the arches of your feet and toes will also expand and stretch.
Improving your mood
Most exercise will serve as a mood booster and so will planks. But planks are unique because they help to stretch and ultimately relax muscles groups that are often stiff and tense from prolonged sitting. Such tension relief from planking comes with a positive feeling and an impact on your moods.
Improvement in your balance and posture
A correctly done plank engages your abs in staying upright. Planks performed using a stability ball, side planks or planks with extensions are especially beneficial for building balance. Planks will also work all the muscles you need to maintain proper posture like your back, chest, shoulders, abs and neck. After doing planks every day for a period of time, you will find that you are able to sit or stand up straighter with ease.
Increased boost in overall metabolism
Planking challenges your entire body and doing them every day burns more calories than other traditional exercises. By strengthening your muscles, you ensure that you burn more energy even when you are sedentary. Planking provides an enhanced metabolic rate which remains high all day long.
How to make planking a habit
- You can set a daily alarm that reminds you about your time to do planks
- You can install mobile apps that help you keep track of your planking and which give you reminders to do the planks
- You can get a planking partner who you are accountable to and encourages you. You can set a schedule and routine together
- Start small with may be five planks a day and the increase the reps progressively.
So start planking, give it time, and you will begin to reap the benefits!