A plank may look like a simple exercise, but it is rather difficult. When performed correctly, a plank can provide the following benefits:
1.) Toned stomach & core
2.) Reduced back pain
3.) Improved balance & posture
- Hold your elbows directly under your shoulders.
- Keep the body parallel to the ground.
- Keep the neck in line with the back.
- Squeeze your belly button in towards your spine and up towards your ribs.
- Hold for 20-30 seconds
You can start with a plank on your knees and progress to straight legs as you feel strong enough. You can also try other variations of plank with straight arms or a side plank.