One of the most effective exercises for the entire body is plank.
To do this exercise successfully, you need to have strong core muscles and train regularly. It will help you to build your core, and support your spine.
The following are the 7 most important advantages of this exercise:
1. Better Body Posture
Do planks regularly and you will have a stable and straight body posture. The abdominal muscles are vital for the position of the neck, back, and shoulders.
2. Improved Core Definition and Performance
All the major groups of core muscles including transverse abdominus, rectus abdominus, external oblique muscle, and the glutes, are engaged in this perfect exercise. By strengthening these muscle groups, you will achieve:
– Transverse abdominis: You will be able to lift heavier weights.
– Rectus adbominus: You will improve the jumping. Also, this group will give you the six pack abs.
– Oblique muscles: You will improve your capacity for waist-twisting and side-bending.
– Glutes: It will give you strong and shapely booty, and a supported back.
3. Improved Balance
Doing side planks or planks with extensions are particularly useful for building balance, as are planks performed on a stability ball.
4. Improved Metabolism
Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).
5. High Flexibility
When you do planks, you stretch and expand the shoulder blades, the collarbone, and the shoulders, including the arches, toes, and hamstrings. Side planks also engage the oblique muscles, while stretching the toes. It will help you support the body weight more easily.
6. Reduced Risk of Back and Spine Injury
It will build your muscles without to put much pressure on your hips or spine. Your back pain will be reduced, your muscles strengthened, and the entire back supported.
7. You will witness mental benefits
Plank is very effective for our nerves, thus improving our mood. The muscles groups that contribute to tension and stress in the body are stretched out. These exercises can calm our brain, treat symptoms of depression and anxiety, but only if they are done regularly.
You can achieve great results by doing a simple plank exercise 5-10 minutes every day.