1. Strengthen Core
Just marinate on the word “core” for a second. Core being the most centralized position of a body. Things that move you are connected to your core. Wouldn’t you want to move with more ease? Doing planks strengthens your core, a stronger core means that you can move your body more easily. So if your just looking to get the advantage on your opponents in a pick-up game of basketball or you are a dedicated athlete that competes at a professional level, planks can help.
2. Better attitude
Research has shown time and time again, the emotional benefits of exercise. Doing planks can elevate your heart rate and provide those happy molecules called endorphins to give you a more positive outlook on your day. People who do planks are less likely to suffer from depression or just general sadness. So do a plank and feel great about yourself!
3. Develop tone
Who doesn’t want those toned and sculpted abdominals? Doing planks can help create definition in your abdominals. Everyone always wants that extra boost of confidence when they are at the beach. Making planks an integral part of your workout regimen can help develop a more defined core.
4. No gym membership, no problem
Talk about an economical exercise. Planks require zero dollars.
5. Fit for all levels of expertise
From the beginner to the more experienced gym rat, anyone can do planks. It doesn’t require a tremendous amount of coaching. So if you’re just picking up a workout regimen, don’t fret. Planks are super easy to learn and the more that you do them the more challenging you can make them. In no-time you’ll be doing 2 minute long planks with ease.
6. Something you can make your own
Once you have the generic plank down pat, you can start adding your own variations to make it more difficult. This helps keep yourself motivated. Workouts can get stagnant after doing the same thing over and over again. Believe me, change is a very good thing when it comes to exercise. Just alternating knee raises to your chest during your plank can provide some muscle confusion. Muscle confusion is a very good thing, it can give you more definition and give you that burn.
7. Sense of accomplishment
Setting a new personal record time for holding a plank can give you those warm, fuzzy feelings of accomplishment. It’s the act of setting goals and attaining them that makes you feel like you are challenging yourself. Once you’ve mastered the plank, start setting goals. Say “In a month, I’m going to plank for 3 minutes.” This creates competition in yourself. Working towards something and reaching some sort of goal is what gives you a feeling that you are leading an effective life.
8. Live longer
Research shows that people who are physically active and exercise regularly are more likely to longer than people who abstain from exercise completely. You didn’t think that doing planks could be adding time to your life, did you? Of course doing only a 1 minute plank every day isn’t enough exercise alone. But doing planks every day establishes a good habit. Good habits like exercise are what help people live longer, healthier lives.
9. Better posture
I’m sure everyone remembers their mother telling them “sit up straight!” Well planks can help with that. There are many different schools of thought on what the ideal posture is. It can vary based on your body type. A plank uses your body weight as resistance to train all those muscles that work together to keep you upright. A plank is a exercise that is very individual. Doing planks regularly can train your body to have a more healthy posture that fits your body type.
10. The global exercise
If you’re a person that likes to travel, or someone that has to travel for business, a plank is an exercise that knows no zip code. Again, talking about habits, just doing a 1 minute plank in your hotel room when you wake up can help to define your core and maintain your health. It requires no equipment and can be perform literally anywhere. It doesn’t have to be in your hotel room. You can bust out a plank if your lounging in the park or on the bus (careful with that one).
11. Life is all about balance
This is true philosophically but also holds validity when thinking about your body. Doing planks everyday can give you better balance. Having better balance helps with better performance with sports or just walking around. Just being more capable of stabilizing your body can help keep you nimble on your feet.
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