5 benefits of planking
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A few years ago, planking was everywhere and going viral like crazy. YouTube videos abounded of people planking in all sorts of interesting places. While that craze has subsided, make no mistake—the plank is no fad exercise. In fact, planking has lots of benefits. Here are just a few.
1. It's great for your abs
Planking helps you develop deep inner core muscles. Performing them will strengthen and tighten your abs. It’s a great addition to any abs workout.
2. Reduces back pain
The American Council on Exercise stated, “Because the plank exercise requires minimal movement while contracting all layers of the abdominal fascia, it is an excellent way to strengthen the core, which, in turn, helps reduce lowback pain.”
3. Increases flexibility
Planking increases flexibility by stretching and expanding the muscles around your shoulders and back, as well as your hamstrings, feet, and toes. The stretching benefits can be increased by incorporating a rocking plank by moving frontwards and backwards on your toes a few inches.
4. Improves posture
Planks hit the muscles you need to maintain proper posture. If you do planks on a regular basis, you’ll fi nd you’re able to stand up straighter with ease.
5. Boost your metabolism
Planking daily will burn more calories than other abs exercises. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise daily will ensure that your metabolic rate remains high even when sedentary.