Planking is possibly one of the simplest yet most effective exercises to do.
Planking requires no equipment, can be done anytime and anywhere, and is easy to modify for all levels to do.
What you may not know is that planking is a great way to increase your health and core strength.
Here's a few reasons why you should plank everyday:
WHY YOU SHOULD PLANK EVERYDAY:
INCREASE CORE STRENGTH
Planking engages most of the main core muscles including: the transverse abdominis, rectus abdominis, obliques, and glutes.
Having a strong core is important for balance, posture, and back health (reducing and preventing back pain).
Core strength is different than having six pack abs. You can be chiseled yet still have a weak core if you don't regularly train your core muscles.
Those aesthetic abs are made in the kitchen, remember?
PREVENT LOWER BACK PAIN
A strong core will help to reduce and prevent back pain.
With a weak core you're more suceptible to chronic back issues such as lower back pain, rounding the back, hunching over...All of which also effect your posture.
Strong core muscles hold the torso upright.
It's the core muscles' job to support the spine. Strong muscles will enable you to stand taller and help prevent you from rounding or hunching your back (which, btw, hunching and rounding your back can contribute to back and neck pain).
Core strength directly affects balance.
Having a strong core is essential for equilibrium and stability, both of which are necessary for balance.
STRETCH YOUR HAMSTRINGS, BACK AND CALVES
Did you know that while you're planking and strengthening the front of your body (anterior), you're actually stretching the back of your body (posterior).
I get a lot of questions from clients about how to stretch a tight upper back, stretch hamstrings, and what to do about tight calves (Ladies with the high heels, I'm looking at you)...Planking will stretch ALL of these areas.
BONUS: Planking also stretches the bottoms of your feet since you're in a flexed position on the balls of your feet and pressing through your heels. Stretching the bottoms of your feet feel sooooo good!