If you are looking for the best exercise to involve your entire body, consider doing planks.
High performance requires strong core muscles and regular training are essential. Planks build up strong core and strengthen the spine.
We give you some of the greatest benefits you can enjoy by doing planks regularly:
- Better core definition and performance
When doing planks, you stimulate every major group of core muscles, including the transverse abdominus, rectus abdominus, external oblique muscle, and the glutes. Do planks regularly to achieve the some awesome success:
Transverse abdominus: You will gain strength to lift heavy weights
Rectus abdominus: You will jump better. Plus, you will finally enjoy having nice six pack abs.
Oblique muscles: You will be more effective in waist-twisting and side-bending.
Glutes: Having a strong and well-shaped body, and strong back are some of the benefits you will gain.
- Lower risk of back and spinal column injuries
Planks build up strong muscles without the additional pressure on the hips and spine. Moreover, they are a nice way to relieve your back pain, strengthen your muscles and support your back.
- Metabolic boost
Do planks to boost your energy, and stimulate your metabolism. This type of exercise provides a high metabolic rate throughout the entire day.
- Better body posture
You will be able to stand straight and retain a stable body posture. Moreover, you will have your body set in a proper posture all the time, since your abdominal muscles will affect your shoulders, neck, back, and chest.
- Improved overall balance
For how long can you hold your body straight when standing on one leg? A minute or several seconds, maybe. It is all due to the fact that your abdominal muscles are weak and you cannot achieve a proper balance. Do side planks to improve your overall balance and perform other exercises properly.
- Great flexibility
Planks are an excellent way to expand and stretch your shoulders, shoulder blades and collarbone. Do them more often to stretch your feet arches, hamstrings and toes. By adding side planks you stimulate your oblique muscles. This will enhance the hyper-extending of your toes, which is an essential movement when you need to support your body weight.
- Amazing mental benefits
Planks do wonders for your nerves, and boost your mood. When doing these exercises, you stretch the muscles that contribute to severe tension and chronic stress. This type of exercises calms your nervous system, and relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety, of course, only if you do them properly and regularly.
For optimal results, do simple plank exercise for 5-10 minutes every day.
Source: Life Hack