Amazing Things Happen When You Do Daily Planks
Planks can be demanding, but it’s hard to argue with the results. For starters, you can lift heavier weights, up your performance on the water, court or green, start side bending and waist twisting better and get the best body ever.
Lifehack takes it from there, telling us planks reduce our risk of back injury. Planks strengthen back muscles without putting too much pressure on the spine or hips. Next, planks kick up the metabolism helping to burn more energy even when sitting. The muscles strengthened by doing daily planks ensure that the body burns more energy 24-7. Posture, flexibility, balance and mental alertness all get an upgrade too.
When you start doing planks daily, you may find good posture will become a lot more automatic. Through strengthening your core, you will be able to maintain proper posture at all times because muscles in the abdomen improve the overall condition of your neck, shoulders, chest and back.
Balance also gets a great boost. Strong abdominal muscles achieved with planks work to give your body added balance skills too.
Standard Plank targets abdominals.
Begin on all fours, with hands directly under shoulders, knees and feet hip-distance apart and fingers spread out. If you’re a beginner, rest on your forearms instead.
Tuck toes underneath feet so that all 10 toes lie flat. Extend legs and push up hips so that your body is in a straight line from shoulders to heels. Draw in your abs, squeeze your glutes, and keep your head in a neutral position that’s in line with your spine. Hold for 30 seconds.
Flutter Feet targets glutes, hamstrings, and quadriceps.
Begin in standard plank position. Lift your right leg three inches off the floor, pointing your toes and keeping your leg straight. With your torso still, gently and quickly pulse your leg up and down five times, firing up your glutes, hamstrings, and quad muscles. Return to the starting position. Repeat 9 times, then switch sides and do 10 more.
Cross-Body Plank targets obliques.
Begin in standard plank position. Lift your right leg three inches off the floor, pointing your toes, and draw your right knee toward your chest and diagonally across your body until your knee taps your left elbow (or your left armpit if you’re resting on your forearms). Return to the starting position. Repeat 9 times, then switch sides and do 10 more.
Wherever you are with planks, putting them into your daily workout could produce the results we all want.