Bodyweight exercises are becoming huge in the fitness world because of their simplicity and practicality. Planks are one of the best and most effective bodyweight exercises. Planks require a small amount of time to perform them and give you the best results in short span of time. So we’re challenging you to start doing planks every day. It’s a great way to get a full body workout. Plan exercises strengthen your core and support your spine.
Here’s what will happen to your body if you start doing planks every day:
1. Your core definition will be improved and abdominal muscles will be strengthened
Planks are great for strengthening all abdominal muscles, engaging all major core muscle groups: transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominus, the external oblique muscle, and the glutes. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:
Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, especially jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the six pack look.
Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting.
Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shaped butt.
2. The risk of injury in the back and spine will be decreased
Doing planks can help you to build muscle without putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly reduces back pain and ensures a strong support for your entire back.
3. Your Metabolism Will Get a Boost
Doing planks every day will help you burn more calories than any other abdominal exercise. Your abdominal muscles will strengthen and you’ll burn more energy. If you start doing your planks before going to work, they’ll help you enhance your metabolic rate.
4. You’ll Improve Your Balance
Planks lead to strong abdominal muscles and strong abdominal muscles mean more balance. Doing side planks and ordinary planks will help you improve your performance in any other sporting activity.
5. You’ll Improve Your Posture
Doing plank can help you stand up straight and have a stable posture. Strengthening your core with planks will lead to having proper posture because the muscles in your abdomen have an effect on your shoulders, neck, chest and back.
6. You’ll Become More Flexible
Doing planks every day will stretch your posterior muscle groups, hamstrings, arches of your feet and toes. Doing your planks every day will make you more flexible than ever.
7. You’ll Improve Your Mental Health
Doing planks stretch the muscles that contribute to tension and stress. Planks will calm your brain, fight your anxieties and depression. Start doing planks every day and experience all these amazing mental benefits!
To achieve the great results you need only 5 minutes a day doing the plank exercises.
Here are some of the best plank exercises for strengthening all abdominal muscle groups:
(woman's daily mag)