When there is talks about abdominal exercise, the first that comes to mind
is crunches as it is arguably the most common abdominal exercise but can
we introduce you to planks?
Firstly, you need to understand that core training is not just about
having that beach-ready body but also improving stability, reducing injury
and maintaining mobility. If you keep doing crunches and sit-ups at the gym
with the hopes of achieving all these, you might just be doing the wrong
thing. Try planks instead.
On this article, we will be sharing tips on the worthwhile benefits of a
plank exercise. Read along.
1. Planks activate more muscles
Plank is an all encompassing workout and a more efficient way to exercise
because unlike crunches and sit-ups, it uses more of your muscle groups.
Planks require you to use your arms, legs and your abs and in the process
developing all these muscle parts instead of your abs alone.
While these muscle groups are put to use, it helps develop and activate
2. Planks can help improve your posture
Regular planks helps improve isometric strength in your core muscles and
this gives you the power to keep from hunching while standing or sitting
for long periods of time. The reason you should want to plank more is
because it strengthens your back, chest, shoulders, neck and abs.
If you are experiencing back pain from sitting too long at work or
anywhere, planks can help improve your posture.
3. Planks can help increase your flexibility
Most people just get to the gym and set off to working out straight and
don't even bother to stretch before leaving. Planks is a great way to
stretch out the lower half of your body.
Getting into the hold position lengthens your hamstrings as well as the
arches of your feet, making the plank pose a dual strength and stretch
4. Planks improves your overall 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 the metabolic rate remains high all day
Just knowing the importance of planking won't do you any good if you don't start doing it. If you need inspiration to workout more and for more health and wellness tips, follow @takersclub and take control.