When we exercise, even the simplest movements have a great impact on our body and therefore our health.
Of course, most of us are not so willing to go to the gym every day to get fit and healthy! And we don’t have to, simply because we can exercise at home; we can do planks.
It’s been said that planking is the perfect tool for full body training. And not only our body: planking helps on improving our mood and balance too.
So, are planks really the best core exercise? What happens to our body when we do them? What are its benefits?
What is core?
Based on anatomy, “the core of the body is broadly considered to be the torso.”
Where are the major muscles of the core situated?
They are situated “in the area of the belly and the mid and lower back (not the shoulders), and peripherally include the hips, the shoulders, and the neck.”
Why is core’s strength important?
It’s important because our movements are highly dependent on it. In other words, we can get injured if our core muscles are not in a shape; if they aren’t developed and in a good condition.
The core muscles are responsible for:
Back support (their primary role), posture (the way you show confidence with your body), routine movements (sitting, rotating, standing), stability and balance.
What are some of the benefits of planking?
-it reduces back pain. Planking engages all your core muscles. When your core muscles are in a good shape, the possibility of you getting injured is minimalistic to none.
-it helps you burn calories and get fit.
-it boosts your body with confidence. It arranges your bones and that makes your posture looks better.
-it helps your abdominal muscles become stronger which shape your belly well.
-by stretching your muscles, it makes you more flexible.
-it gives a relaxation, it reduces stress and improves your mood.
How to do a basic plank?
Before you start, you need to take into consideration these 4 things: stretch, keep your back straight, breathe, and remember: the technique is what matters, not time.
Are you ready now?
1. Lay down on a flat surface and set your hands a little bit wider than the line of your shoulders;
2. Set your feet in a position which is comfortable to you;
3. Support your body with your forearms and toes;
4. Your body needs to be in a straight position from head to toes;
5. Pull in your belly inwards towards the spine and engage your abdominal muscles;
6. If you still have no clue how to do it properly, some youtube videos will help you for sure.
Yes, planking is the best core exercise and it’s not easy but it’s worth it. Don’t give up! You can do it!