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Go Coco On Coconut! (60 Ingenious Ways to Use Coconut Oil)

Go Coco On Coconut! (60 Ingenious Ways to Use Coconut Oil)

No doubt about it, we’re going nuts over coconuts. The miracle oil is turning into a one-for-all solution to the many and varied problems of daily life: it can fix unhealthy hair, dry skin, athlete’s foot, or digestive problems; this smooth and slick tropical elixir will get you high on top of your health. And it’s all because of its stellar all-natural makeup. This natural oil’s fat is lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid that impacts cholesterol levels in a positive way. Aside from that, its composition includes vitamins E and K, and iron. Addtionally, it has antimicrobial and antifungal properties.

Let’s talk about prices. At $7 per 14-ounce jar can, you can say it’s the best alternative to pharmaceuticals that can cost as high as the sky these days.

So… what can coconut oil do? It’s an all around household cleaner, beauty product, and a lot more. See the 60 ways coconut oil can lighten the load of your everyday life.

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    1. Take your oral hygiene to the next level

    Oil pulling is an Ayurveda practice that is all the rage today. It helps your well being in varied ways: gets rid of toxins, improves your skin, whitens your teeth, and more. This is how to mouth wash with coconut oil: gargle about 2 tablespoons in your mouth for three to 10 minutes a day (although some recommend doing it for up to 20 minutes). You’ll love it ’cause it’s sweeter than the mouthwash from the grocery store.

    2. Helps Fight colds and the flu

    Devouring significant amounts of coconut oil can boost your immune system (by normalizing and ultimately improving your white blood cell count). White blood cells are the components that fight viruses and bacteria in your bloodstream. The more white blood cells, the better, because there will be more blood soldiers, so to speak, roaming around your system.

    3. Prevent chafing

    It prevents chafing. Also, it’s a good cure for an area that has been rubbed raw. How to do it properly? Just mix with calendula to create a soothing ointment. And this is a bonus for people who are taking care of a baby. Coconut oil is great for your cute one, too. Normally, babies develop diaper rash. Try mixing it up to diaper cream and use it to soothe skin that’s irritated.

    4. Bid scratchy throats goodbye

    Stop using cough drops in case your throat’s irritating you. Swallow a bit of coconut oil on its own, or add it to a cup of tea to heal your sore throat.

    5. Lubricate with coconut oil

    Be convinced, coconut oil has endless possible uses? It can also make its way into your sex life. Although, research that focuses on the safety of coconut oil as a lubricant has yet to be done, it looks like it rocks just fine, and experts can vouch for this. There’s one caveat: Coconut oil may weaken latex condoms, so in case you like to use coconut oil as a lube, use a condom that’s polyurethane based, instead.

    6. Relax

    Just a whiff of coconut can send you visualizing a tropical beach on a sunny day. Now, what could be more laid back than that? That said, you can utilize coconut oil as an all-natural aromatherapy. Massage a small amount into your scalp and temples. This will relieve stress.

    7. Get rid of lice

    Some people say that coconut oil is a natural remedy for lice. Why not give it a chance. Check it out by using this oil from mother nature as part of a two-step process. To begin the process, rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar. Wait for it to dry. Then gently apply coconut oil through your strands. Allow it to sink in for up to a day (24 hours). It’s recommended that you sleep with a shower cap on. This will avoid making a mess on your bedding. In the morning, comb it out.  Lastly, rinse your hair.

    8. Cure cold sores

    The moment you feel the telltale signs of a cold sore on your lips or around its area, grab a bottle of coconut oil and rub on the spot. Its antiviral properties can help heal those fever blisters.

    9. Shield scrapes and scratches

    Apply coconut oil (just a thin layer) on superficial cuts and scrapes to help you maintain them clean. I have to remind you, though, this is not recommended for deep wounds. The oil acts as a barrier, shielding the cuts from dust or bacteria.

    10. Treat bug bites

    What? A bug bit you! Apply a small amount (a drop or two will do) of coconut oil to the affected area to relieve itching.

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    11. Oil up bruises to be calm

    People are divided regarding whether or not coconut oil can, in fact, heal bruises. However, some believe that if you apply this miracle oil on black-and-blues it may help calm the area.

    12. Heal yeast infections

    Now, this is absolutely something you have to consult your doctor with before testing. However, some people have tried (and got positive results) when using coconut oil to treat yeast infections, either, they ingested it or used it topically.

    13. Boost your cholesterol levels

    Coconut oil’s rock star component, lauric acid, can help boost levels of HDL cholesterol —the good kind—to help maintain a healthy heart.

    14. Make your stomach happy

    Stomach concerns (whether occasional sickness or more chronic conditions) can badly affect your lifestyle. Taking in this miracle oil can help in soothing your stomach. Coconut oil is even believed to alleviate symptoms of serious disorders like Crohn’s Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Furthermore, making coconut oil a part of your diet—just by adding one tablespoon per day—may assist in treating ulcers. Reminder: stomach issues can be quite serious, so it’s recommended that you consult your doc prior to using coconut oil.

    15. Colds? Clear up congestion

    If you’ll ask me, one of the hardest parts when having a cold (and the hardest side effect to control) is congestion. To alleviate the situation, concoct a homemade vapor rub. Gather coconut oil, rosemary oil, and tea tree oil. Rub this healing trio on your chest and over your upper lip. See if you’ll not breathe easier.

    16. Repel insects

    It can definitely soothe itchiness from insect bites. Not only that, coconut oil can be used in a DIY insect repellent, too. Just collect these ingredients: coconut oil plus essential oils such as catnip, peppermint, tea tree, or rosemary.

    17. Kick out the aches and pains of an ear infection

    After a visit to your doc and he assures you this remedy is good for you, mix up a solution, and apply it behind the affected ear.

    18. Prevent nosebleeds

    In most cases the culprit behind nose bleeding is dry, irritated nostrils. To avoid them from drying up, dip a finger in coconut oil and apply it gently to the inside of your nose. The oil acts as a coating for your nose’s interior.

    19. Breastfeed with comfort

    Another great tip for new breastfeeding moms: To prevent nipples from having cracks and to avoid pain due to constant breastfeeding, have coconut oil easy to locate.

    20. Heighten your metabolism

    Contrary to what many of us would intuitively expect, the kind of fats in coconut oil—medium-chain saturated fats—are easily digested and can be utilized directly by your liver for energy, and can encourage fat burning, too.

    21. Clean dental accessories

    Do you use a mouth guard or retainers? It’s good to keep those pearl-like whites in place by using coconut oil to sanitize them daily and do this while the sun is up.

    22. Tidy up ears

    Just for a second, dip a cotton swab into coconut oil so it won’t be soaked, then clean earwax out of your ears with gentle moves.

    23. Enhance your bone health

    Coconut oil also improves calcium and magnesium absorption. So make sure your body gets enough dose of this magical oil. It can help you grow healthy bones and teeth.

    24. Smile when you check the scale

    Including coconut oil in your diet may help maintain your ideal weight, too. Studies suggests that regularly consuming the miracle stuff may help keep your waist line sexy and safe from abdominal obesity. On top of that, coconut oil has fewer calories than other dietary fats—a big bonus in weight management, if you ask me.

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      25. Caress your cuticles

      Heal dry and flaky cuticles by rubbing the oil into your nail beds. Gently use your fingers to massage a little amount of oil into the area. A bonus here:while in the process of doing this, your hands are being moisturized.

      26. Give your tresses a soothing treatment

      Hair conditioning treatments can make your pockets panicky and are usually made with some toxic ingredients. Welcome coconut oil. Experts say coconut oil’s fatty acids will soften your strands. One way to use it: Whip up an at-home hair mask, like this coconut oil and honey concoction, coat your hair, throw it up into a bun, let it sit for up to 40 minutes, and then rinse it out in the shower. Bonus: You can also utilize coconut oil as a solo treatment to prevent split ends and from drying out. Rub a small amount onto the tips of your hair,then shampoo as you regularly do to keep your strands healthy, hydrated, and shiny.

      27.This oil can act as a flyaway-tamer and a frizz-fighter

      Spread just enough. Do it sparingly—unless, of course, you dig greasy-looking hair) of coconut oil into trouble areas. The natural oils actually repel moisture, which is the culprit behind misbehaving hair.

      28. Go for the glow

      Brighten up your skin to shine like a celebrity’s. Mix coconut oil with baking soda, (that, mind you is a  rock star exfoliant. The procedure: mix a little bit of the two together, now rub into your skin in gentle and circular motions, then rinse.

      29. Whip up your own face mask

      Coconut oil and honey is another combo for a better complexion. Combine the two to create a hydrating, antibacterial face mask. Leave it on your face for around 15 minutes. Rinse, thoroughly, after.

      30. Lips nourishment

      Due to sometimes extreme weather conditions, our lips at times are badly in need of extra care to maintaining their soft and smooth attributes. Shed off any dry and flaky skin with a DIY coconut-oil-and-brown-sugar lip scrub. Obliterate Chapsticks on your items, you’ve got coconut oil on hand! Smooth a few on your lips for instant hydration. It’ll look faintly glossy (you can add more if you desire this look), but if you prefer a matte look, let it sink in for a few minutes.

      31. Skin Buff

      Talking of scrubs, coconut oil is a fabulous ingredient for DIY body scrub. Mix the oil with brown sugar (salt if you prefer) and add a drop of an essential oil (choose your wild) for a gentle and effective exfoliating scrub.

      32. Bath time, Party Time!

      Mix in an ample amount of coconut oil into a bath to add in the oil’s moisturizing effects. Turn your bath time into a real party by throwing in some Epsom salts and your favorite essential oils. They may help soothe muscles and beat bloating).

      33.Use it to tint your lips

      The most frustrating thing happens when you’re down to that last, bit of lip color left in the applicator (the hardest to reach). Instead of dunking the tube in the bin, scoop out the remaining product using a tiny stick, and mix it with with coconut oil, melt the blend to whip up a homemade tinted lip balm.

      34. Makeup remover

      A beauty expert’s secret: Coconut oil is the best remover of heavy makeup. Rub a scoop of the oil into your skin, leave it on for 2 to 3 minutes, and wipe everything off with a warm face towel. additionally, this easy trick rocks on even the most stubborn eye makeup. Note: even waterproof mascara. Apply coconut oil to a cotton makeup pad, do it gently, wipe off all the products you want to discard.

      35. Moisturize your skin.

      Maintain soft and supple skin. Trade your regular moisturizer for this fabulous oil. No worries, it sinks in swiftly and will make your skin feeling like baby skin.

      36. Throw away your shaving cream.

      Coconut oil is absolutely the best way to get a close shave and hydrate skin in the process. Additionally, it’s great for people with extra sensitive skin. Are you a DIY aficionado? You can even make your own shaving cream using it.

      37. Clean makeup brushes.

      Skincare expert emphasizes the importance of keeping your makeup brushes bacteria-free. The items you use daily, clean them once a week. How to: Combine antibacterial dish soap with coconut oil (also has antibacterial properties) and give your brushes a thorough cleaning. See this guide for a step-by-step process. The oil will also help condition the bristles of your brushes.

      38. Alleviate acne conditions.

      Breakouts are always a nightmare. To minimize acne-related inflammations, experts recommend using coconut oil. Bonus: It also fights irritation and redness. Cleanse your face as you regularly do, then apply a thin layer of coconut oil on your skin. Expert tip: If you’re applying before bed, allow it to sink in before lying down to avoid excess oil that could mess your bedding.

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      39. Make your skin smoother

      Skin products that include anti-aging properties generally carry shocking price tags. Fortunately, this spectacular oil can minimize the development of wrinkles. This is ideal for the delicate skin around your eye area, too. Recommended is to gently pat a drop or two of coconut oil onto the area using your ring finger.

      40. Improve scalp health.

      Massage the oil on your scalp and let it sink in to combat dandruff. Say adios to those pesky flakes!

      41. Relieve sunburns

      Stayed too long under the sun (and have the lobster-like appearance to prove it)? Use coconut oil for burn relief. It’ll calm your skin and moisturize it to help minimize peeling.

      42. Quiet down eczema flare-ups

      It calms irritated skin (that’s often itchy) and related to eczema, because of its moisturizing and an anti-inflammatory characteristics.

      43. Great homemade massage oil

      It’s no secret that massages in the spa feel awesome. The ambience, the pampering, and the oils, oh my! Though it might be hard to set up the same Zen-like atmosphere at home, you can definitely get in on the massage oils, no appointment necessary. Just warm up some coconut oil (and maybe add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil) and get massaging.

      44. Bye bye B.O. Smooth coconut oil on your underarm

      The lauric acid can help kill the bacteria that causes stinky sweat. But be warned: Some experts believe its not strong enough as your only system for making sure your armpits won’t smell.

      45. Clean and maintain your pearly whites

      Are you looking for a natural alternative to commercially manufactured toothpaste? The DIY route is practical. Epic plan: Combine coconut oil with baking soda ’til it becomes pasty that you can spread it on your toothbrush.

      46. Feet treat!

      Use coconut oil to deodorize and soften your feet. After running around all day, our feet get a beating. It’s a good step to do this: Before hitting the sack, soften rough, cracked skin and calluses by exfoliating your feet and then treat your feet like a queen by applying a generous amount of coconut oil. Its natural antibacterial properties will deodorize and softens your lower extremities. Lastly, put on socks so in the morning when waking up you’ll have a much smoother, better smelling soles.

      Bonus: To improve the benefits, pour in two drops of tea tree oil to the mix and apply before sleeping and throughout the day. This combo, while giving your feet a royal treat, will keep it away from stinky smells, and may also help cure athlete’s foot.

      47. Beautify your eyelashes.

      Similar to the way it can help strengthen your head of hair, coconut oil can also help strengthen lashes—and that’s especially good news considering it’s all too easy to damage those short hairs. Just apply some oil to a cotton swab and spread it onto your lashes before going to bed.

      48. Wax on, wax off!

      In case at-home waxing is involved in your hair removal routine, you can use coconut oil to clean off excess wax from your skin, or from the surfaces where you do your waxing. Just apply some oil onto the areas that are still sticky, then wipe off with a dumped warm washcloth.

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        49. Make patent leather shine

        It’s a given, patent leather should be shiny and sleek, but though time and wear and tear, it will naturally lost it luster. But you can restore it by applying coconut oil. Spread some onto its surface to give back its high-shine finish.

        50. Get rid of gum residue

        Chewed gum any place aside from inside a mouth is generally a cause for nuisance—until now. Use coconut oil to remove any tacky gum residue from the surface in question. It even works on hair and carpet!

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        51. Maintain a squeaky clean shower

        To avoid using harsh chemicals to clean your tub, douse a rag with coconut oil and watch the shower scum wipe away.

        52. Condition wooden flatware and furniture

        Keep your cutting boards, wooden spoons, and any other wooden utensils in tip top shape by conditioning them with coconut oil. Keeping wooden furniture looking good is easy; do the important steps: cleaning and treating. Do the same steps as you do to wooden utensils, use a generous amount and apply then let it seep into the furniture. Consider buying in bulk if you’ve got a lot of ground to cover.

        53. Clean up metal items.

        Metal that has lost luster is another material that can be restored and made to shine again with a layer of coconut oil—it’ll clean bronze and can deepen its color, and also will remove rust from steel.

        54. Silence squeaky hinges.

        Creepy sounds can come from squeaky hinges depending on the time of night so to silence the squeak, apply coconut oil to lubricate the hinge.

        55. Tend to your guitar

        For people who are musically inclined, you can use coconut oil to condition and lubricate guitar strings.

        56. Fix a stuck zipper

        When a broken zipper has turned you into a hostage inside your own jacket or it’s prohibitingyou from opening a bag, coconut oil can be your savior. Restore stubborn zippers to running condition by coating them in coconut oil.

        57. Give your leather a treat

        If a leather coat or some sweet leather pants are part of your wardrobe, give them new life by rubbing coconut oil to clean, condition, and restore it’s sheen.

        58. Safely start campfire

        An item on this fabulous list deserves a merit badge. Throw away lighter fluid and soak cotton balls in coconut oil to start your campfire. Get a good fire going, add them to the kindling you have assembled and light up the mixture.

        59. Maintain motors

        Use coconut oil on electronics or kitchen appliances that have motors. It’s the best

        lubricant to keep motors operating at the peak of their performance.

        60. Season cast iron cookware.

        Since pans, cast iron pots, and skillets are not designed with a nonstick surface, you need to do a prep step before you can use them. Yep, you can season them with veggie oil and shortening, and you can choose to coat them in coconut oil, too. Take a look at this step-by-step guide on how to season cast iron pans.

        If you want to know more ways to use coconut oil, read 76 Genius Ways to Use Coconut Oil in Your Everyday Life on Greatist.

        Featured photo credit: 76 Genius Ways to Use Coconut Oil in Your Everyday Life/Greatist via greatist.com

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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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