Why you should add planks to your workout

Plank_2 164This is your year. The one you’ll finally get that flat stomach you’ve been striving for. But you still haven’t figured out just how you’re going to do it. If this sounds like you, there’s one exercise you ought to consider: the plank. At Kaia, we know that finding exercises aligned to your specific goals is key to achieving the results you want. And if you want to tighten that tummy, the plank may just be the perfect fit. To learn how to do the plank and discover its unique benefits, read on.

What is a plank?

A plank exercise is pretty close to what it sounds like. Meaning that, when you do it, your body kind of looks like a plank of wood.

To start this exercise, get into the pushup position and rest your weight on your forearms, instead of your hands. If you haven’t done so already, bring your feet together. Then bend your elbows 90 degrees so that your hands are at eye level.

The key to this exercise is to make sure your body is straight like a plank (keep that butt down, ladies). If you’ve never done this exercise before, you should hold the position from anywhere between 20-45 seconds for 2-3 sets. With practice, you can extend your sets to between one and three minutes.

Why planks will rock you to the core

1. Planks can help flatten your stomach
The exercise primarily focuses on your core and abdominal muscles. While doing it, you’ll be exercising your abs, obliques and glutes. The plank is a quick and intense way to engage these muscles and help flatten your tummy.

2. There is less chance of injury
Planks are a no-impact exercise, which means there’s virtually no chance of injury. And in this sense, they’re better than situps and crunches since you won’t injure your back by bending too quickly or in the wrong direction.

3. Planks can be done anywhere
If you’re heading out of town for a business trip or vacation, you can still plank! The only thing you need for this exercise is your body. And even better, planks can be incorporated into your exercise routine in just 5-10 minutes.

Planks are not the only exercise you need

It’s important to remember that there is not one key exercise, food or action that is going to miraculously get you in shape (no matter what anyone tells you). Optimal health and fitness comes from both exercise and diet. You can exercise for an hour, five days a week – but if you still eat burgers and pizza at every mealtime, you’re not going to get any slimmer.

The real key is consistency: not just eating right and exercising a couple of times a week, but integrating the right habits into your everyday life. With that taken care of, planks can be an exceptional way to help flatten your stomach as part of your routine workout.

To learn more about planks and other exercises that show real results, contact us today.

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