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20 Heavenly Desserts Recipes For This Fall

20 Heavenly Desserts Recipes For This Fall

Fall is such a glorious time of year. I find with the crispness of the mornings, the warm daylight, and the cool evenings, it puts me in a mood to bake. The smell of homemade breads,cookies, and pies is one of my favorite things in the Fall season.  Some of these are super easy but so delicious. Here are some of my most-liked recipes for you to enjoy!

1. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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    Ingredients
    • 1 cup canned pumpkin
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 egg
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon milk
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
    • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts(optional)
    Directions:
    1. Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil, and egg. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt. Dissolve the baking soda with the milk and stir in. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well.
    2. Add vanilla, chocolate chips and nuts.
    3. Drop by spoonful on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for approximately 10 minutes or until lightly brown and firm.

    2. Banana Crumb Muffins

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      Ingredients
      •  1/2 cups all-purpose flour
      • 1 teaspoon baking soda
      • 1 teaspoon baking powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      • 3 bananas, mashed
      • 3/4 cup white sugar
      • 1 egg, lightly beaten
      • 1/3 cup butter, melted
      • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
      • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
      • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      • 1 tablespoon butter
      Directions:
      1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.
      2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
      3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.
      4. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

      3. Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

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        Ingredients

        • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
        • 1/2 cup white sugar
        • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
        • 2 eggs
        • 1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
        • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
        • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
        • 1 pinch ground cloves
        • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
        • 1/2 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
        Directions
        1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
        2. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Blend in eggs one at a time. Remove 1 cup of batter and spread into bottom of crust; set aside.
        3. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to the remaining batter and stir gently until well blended. Carefully spread over the batter in the crust.
        4. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until center is almost set. Allow to cool, then refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. Cover with whipped topping before serving.

        4. Carrot Cake

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           Ingredients
          • 3/4 cup buttermilk
          • 3 eggs
          • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
          • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
          • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
          • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
          • 1/4 teaspoon salt
          • 2 cups all-purpose flour
          • 2 teaspoons baking soda
          • 2 cups shredded carrots
          • 1 cup flaked coconut
          • 1 cup chopped walnuts
          • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
          • 1 cup raisins
          Directions:
          1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8×12 inch pan.
          2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
          3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, oil, sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Add flour mixture and mix well.
          4. In a medium bowl, combine shredded carrots, coconut, walnuts, pineapple and raisins.
          5. Using a large wooden spoon or a very heavy whisk, add carrot mixture to batter and fold in well.
          6. Pour into prepared 8×12 inch pan, and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour. Check with a toothpick.
          7. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.

           5. Dessert Nachos

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            Ingredients –  makes 4 servings
            • 1/3 cup peanut butter
            • 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
            • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
            • 2 1/2 cups mini round corn tortilla chips
            • 1/4 cup miniature marshmallows
            • 1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
             Directions:
            1. Preheat your oven’s broiler.
            2. Combine the peanut butter and confectioners’ sugar in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat the mixture until the peanut butter melts, about 1 minute. Place the chocolate chips in a separate microwave-safe bowl; melt the chips in the microwave, about 1 minute.
            3. Arrange the tortilla chips into an even layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle the peanut butter mixture and the melted chocolate over the chips. Scatter the marshmallows and coconut over the chips.
            4. Place under preheated broiler until the marshmallows begin to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve hot.

            6. Apple Enchilada Dessert

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              Ingredients
              • 1 (21 ounce) can apple pie filling
              • 6 (8 inch) flour tortillas
              • teaspoon ground cinnamon
              • 1/3 cup margarine
              • 1/2 cup white sugar
              • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
              • 1/2 cup water
              Directions:
              1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
              2. Spoon fruit evenly onto all tortillas, sprinkle with cinnamon. Roll up tortillas and place seam side down on lightly greased 8×8 baking pan.
              3. Bring margarine, sugars and water to a boil in a medium sauce pan. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring constantly for 3 minutes.
              4. Pour sauce evenly over tortillas; sprinkle with extra cinnamon on top if desired. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
              5. Makes 6 large tortillas; may be cut in half to serve 12.

              7. Apple and Pumpkin Dessert

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                Ingredients – Makes one serving
                • 2 (1 gram) packets sugar or substitute
                • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
                • Granny Smith apple – peeled, cored and chopped
                • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
                • 2 tablespoons water
                Directions
                1. Sprinkle 1/3 packet of sugar or  substitute and 1/3 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice in the bottom of a microwave-safe bowl. Layer 1/4 of the apple pieces into the bowl; repeat. Spread the pumpkin over the apples. Sprinkle the remaining sugar substitute and pumpkin pie spice on the pumpkin. Top with the remaining apples. Pour the water over the mixture.
                2. Cook in microwave on high for 3 1/2 minutes, stirring every minute.

                8. Apple Strudel Dessert

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                  Ingredients –  makes 6 servings
                  • 2 (8 ounce) packagesrefrigerated crescent roll dough
                  • 1 (21 ounce) can apple pie filling
                  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
                  Directions
                  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch round pan.
                  2. Using a slotted spoon, place about 1 tablespoon pie filling near the large end of a crescent roll dough triangle. Roll up the triangle. Repeat with remaining dough. Place rolls in prepared pan with points toward the center. Top with remaining pie filling. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
                  3. Bake in preheated oven 30 minutes, until browned

                  9. Pumpkin Chocolate Dessert Cake

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                    Ingredients
                    • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
                    • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
                    • 1 1/2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
                    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
                    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
                    • 3/4 cup butter
                    • 2 cups white sugar
                    • 1/3 cup applesauce
                    • 3 eggs, beaten
                    • 1/2 cup heavy cream
                    • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
                    • 1 cup brown sugar
                    • 1/2 cup butter
                    • 1/3 cup heavy cream
                    • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
                    Directions
                    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 inch Bundt pan.
                    2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and baking soda. In a large bowl, beat together 3/4 cup butter, 2 cups sugar, applesauce, and eggs. Mix in 1/2 cup heavy cream and pumpkin. Stir into the flour mixture just until blended. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.
                    3. Bake 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan over a wire rack. Invert cake onto a serving plate.
                    4. Place the brown sugar, 1/2 cup butter, and 1/3 cup heavy cream in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil while stirring to blend until smooth. Cook until sugar is dissolved. Whisk in the confectioner’s sugar, and drizzle over the cake immediately.

                    10. Heavenly “Apple of My Thigh” Dessert

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                      Ingredients
                      • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
                      • 1/4 cup white sugar
                      • 3/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
                      • 3 (1.4 ounce) bars chocolate covered English toffee, chopped
                      • 5 green apples, cored and sliced
                      Directions
                      1. Mix together the cream cheese, sugar and 1/4 cup of the caramel sauce in a medium bowl. Spread onto a serving tray or a plate.
                      2. Drizzle the remaining caramel sauce over the top and sprinkle with pieces of chocolate covered toffee.
                      3. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, then serve with apple slices.

                      11. Autumn Cheesecake

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                         Ingredients
                        • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
                        • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
                        • 3 tablespoons white sugar
                        • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
                        • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
                        • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
                        • 1/2 cup white sugar
                        • 2 eggs
                        • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
                        • 4 cups apples – peeled, cored and thinly sliced
                        • 1/3 cup white sugar
                        • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
                        • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
                        Directions
                        1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a large bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and melted butter; press into the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
                        2. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar. Mix at medium speed until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Blend in vanilla; pour filling into the baked crust.
                        3. In a small bowl, stir together 1/3 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Toss the cinnamon-sugar with the apples to coat. Spoon apple mixture over cream cheese layer and sprinkle with 1/4 cup chopped pecans.
                        4. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 70 minutes. With a knife, loosen cake from rim of pan. Let cool, then remove the rim of pan. Chill cake before serving

                        12. Apple Crisp with Oat Topping

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                          Ingredients
                          • 6 apples – peeled, cored, and sliced
                          • 2 tablespoons white sugar
                          • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
                          • 1 cup brown sugar
                          • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
                          • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
                          • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
                          • 1/2 cup cold butter
                           Directions
                          1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
                          2. Toss apples with white sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a medium bowl to coat; pour into a 9-inch square baking dish.
                          3. Mix brown sugar, oats, flour, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a separate bowl. Use a pastry cutter or 2 forks to mash cold butter into the oats mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs; spread over the apples to the edges of the baking dish. Pat the topping gently until even.
                          4. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown and sides are bubbling, about 40 minutes.

                          13. Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes

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                            Ingredients
                            • 2 cups all-purpose flour
                            • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant butterscotch pudding mix
                            • 2 teaspoons baking soda
                            • 1/4 teaspoon salt
                            • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
                            • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
                            • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
                            • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
                            • 1/3 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
                            • 1 cup butter, room temperature
                            • 1 cup white sugar
                            • 1 cup packed brown sugar
                            • 4 eggs
                            • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
                            • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
                            Directions
                            1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 24 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin liners. Whisk together the flour, pudding mix, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ground ginger, allspice, cloves, and crystallized ginger in a bowl; set aside.
                            2. Beat the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add the room-temperature eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Beat in the vanilla and pumpkin puree with the last egg. Stir in the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin cups.
                            3. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 20 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

                            14. Big, Soft Ginger Cookies

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                              Ingredients
                              • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
                              • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
                              • 1 teaspoon baking soda
                              • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
                              • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
                              • 1/4 teaspoon salt
                              • 3/4 cup margarine, softened
                              • 1 cup white sugar
                              • 1 egg
                              • 1 tablespoon water
                              • 1/4 cup molasses
                              • 2 tablespoons white sugar
                              Directions
                              1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
                              2. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the water and molasses. Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture. Shape dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten slightly.
                              3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container

                              15. Creamy Rice Pudding

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                                Ingredients
                                • 3/4 cup uncooked white rice
                                • 2 cups milk, divided
                                • 1/3 cup white sugar
                                • 1/4 teaspoon salt
                                • 1 egg, beaten
                                • 2/3 cup golden raisins
                                • 1 tablespoon butter
                                • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
                                Directions
                                1. Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan; stir rice into boiling water. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
                                2. In a clean saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups cooked rice, 1 1/2 cups milk, sugar and salt. Cook over medium heat until thick and creamy, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup milk, beaten egg, and raisins; cook 2 minutes more, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla.

                                16. Country Apple Dumplings

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                                  Ingredients
                                  • 2 (10 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent roll dough
                                  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored
                                  • 1 cup butter
                                  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
                                  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
                                  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle Mountain Dew ™
                                  Directions
                                  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
                                  2. Cut each apple into 8 wedges and set aside. Separate the crescent roll dough into triangles. Roll each apple wedge in crescent roll dough starting at the smallest end. Pinch to seal and place in the baking dish.
                                  3. Melt butter in a small saucepan and stir in the sugar and cinnamon. Pour over the apple dumplings. Pour Mountain Dew™ over the dumplings.
                                  4. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

                                  17. Sweet Potato Pie

                                  Ingredients
                                  • 1 (1 pound) sweet potato
                                  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
                                  • 1 cup white sugar
                                  • 1/2 cup milk
                                  • 2 eggs
                                  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
                                  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
                                  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
                                  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust
                                  Directions
                                  1. Boil sweet potato whole in skin for 40 to 50 minutes, or until done. Run cold water over the sweet potato, and remove the skin.
                                  2. Break apart sweet potato in a bowl. Add butter, and mix well with mixer. Stir in sugar, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth. Pour filling into an unbaked pie crust.
                                  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 55 to 60 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Pie will puff up like a souffle, and then will sink down as it cools.

                                  18. Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints

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                                     Ingredients
                                    • 1 cup butter, softened
                                    • 2/3 cup white sugar
                                    • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
                                    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
                                    • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
                                    • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
                                    • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
                                    • 1 teaspoon milk
                                    Directions
                                    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
                                    2. In a medium bowl, cream together butter and white sugar until smooth. Mix in 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Mix in flour until dough comes together. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Make a small hole in the center of each ball, using your thumb and finger, and fill the hole with preserves.
                                    3. Bake for 14 to 18 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Let cool 1 minute on the cookie sheet.
                                    4. In a medium bowl, mix together the confectioners’ sugar, 3/4 teaspoon almond extract, and milk until smooth. Drizzle lightly over warm cookies.

                                    19. No Bake Cookies

                                    Ingredients
                                    • 2 cups white sugar
                                    • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
                                    • 1/2 cup margarine
                                    • 1/2 cup milk
                                    • 1 pinch salt
                                    • 3 cups quick cooking oats
                                    • 1/2 cup peanut butter
                                    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
                                    Directions
                                    1. In a saucepan bring sugar, cocoa, margarine, milk, and salt to a rapid boil for 1 minute.
                                    2. Add quick cooking oats, peanut butter, and vanilla; mix well.
                                    3. Working quickly, drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper, and let cool.

                                    20. Golden Rum Cake

                                    Ingredients
                                    • 1 cup chopped walnuts
                                    • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
                                    • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
                                    • 4 eggs
                                    • 1/2 cup water
                                    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
                                    • 1/2 cup dark rum
                                    • 1/2 cup butter
                                    • 1/4 cup water
                                    • 1 cup white sugar
                                    • 1/2 cup dark rum
                                    Directions
                                    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan. Sprinkle chopped nuts evenly over the bottom of the pan.
                                    2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and pudding mix. Mix in the eggs, 1/2 cup water, oil and 1/2 cup rum. Blend well. Pour batter over chopped nuts in the pan.
                                    3. Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Let sit for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto serving plate. Brush glaze over top and sides. Allow cake to absorb glaze and repeat until all glaze is used.
                                    4. To make the glaze: in a saucepan, combine butter, 1/4 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat and continue to boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup rum.

                                    I hope you enjoy trying out some of these recipes from www.allrecipes.com. These are some of the best dessert recipes around. I am certainly going to be on my way to the store soon, to buy some apples, because I am now in the mood for the delicious Apple Dumplings! Make sure to let me know which ones are your favorites!

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                                    Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                    Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                                    Video Summary

                                    Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                    There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                    This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                    Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                    In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                    One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                    There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                    By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                    When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                    Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                    In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                    What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                    What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                      1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                      Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                      • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                      • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                      • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                      • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                      2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                        Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                        Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                        3. You’ll experience an increased boost to 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 that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                          4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                            Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                            A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                            A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                            On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                            5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                              Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                              6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                  Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                  How to hold a plank position

                                                  1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                  2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                  3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                  4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                  5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                  6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                  7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                  Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                  Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                    How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                    1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                    2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                    3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                    Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                    Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                    You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                    • Prolapse
                                                    • After prolapse surgery
                                                    • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                    • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                    • Previous childbirth
                                                    • Overweight

                                                    Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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