Strengthen Your Core with this Free Plank Challenge


 

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen If You Plank Every Day

 

Whether you’ve been out of the workout game for a long time or are already exercising every day, you can get a lot of benefits out of the simple plank. Planking is a sort of modified pushup in which you hold your body in a stiff straight line, like a plank of wood. Planking can be done in a number of different positions, but no matter which you choose, you’ll find that it triggers a snowball of amazing changes in your body.

Here’s why planking is one of my favorite exercises you can do for your body.

 

1. Planks tighten up your core and increase your strength.

Not only will you find that your abs and bottom look better, you’ll also find that you are stronger. You’ll be able to lift weights more easily and have increased stability.

 

2. You’ll cut down on your risk of hurting your back.

The core muscles that you’re working when you do a plank are the same muscles that support your spine. If you have suffered from back pain in the past, you’ll find that your pain decreases when your core gets stronger. If you haven’t had back pain, doing planks will help protect you from hurting yourself in the future.

 

3. The muscles you build will rev up your metabolism.

Any time you build muscle, you are helping your body burn more calories. That’s because muscle takes more energy to support than fat, even when you’re sitting still or sleeping.

 

4. You’ll stand up straighter.

Your posture makes a big difference in the way you look and the message you put out into the world. People who stand up straight exude self-confidence, and planks help to strengthen the muscles that keep your body erect.

 

5. Your balance will improve.

Whether you’ve tipped over in a yoga class or when trying to tie your shoes, balance is important. Holding a plank will strengthen your abdominal muscles and help you stand up straight – even on one leg.

 

6. Planking lengthens and stretches muscles.

When you engage your posterior muscles, you add to your head-to-toe flexibility.

 

7. Doing planks helps you see how much you can do.

Adding to the time you spend in a plank each day will help you feel better about yourself and show you what you can do (and what a difference you can make) when you put your mind to it.

 

Are you ready? Share with your friends and join the free plank challenge today!

 

You may also be interested in:

How To Plank For Core Strength and Sexy Abs

9 Things You Can Do to Prevent Back Pain

2 Moves to Tighten Abs Fast

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Total 20 comments
  1. Kathryn M Peterson-Kristek

    I am not in very good physical condition. I am going to try to do this and work my way up.

  2. Linda Gibson

    Thanks for the encouraging tips on helping me to build a stronger core. I’m dealing with an old back injury and it flares up often when working out. I was taught planking by a trainer last year but stopped, I don’t even know why. An exercise instructor told me the other day that I need to build up my core further to help the back pain. So back to it! Your article and video have me ready to jump into this 7 day challenge. I’m 67 years old, let’s do this!

    Aileen, you are a champ already in my eyes! Thanks for sharing your story which helped me to decide also!

  3. Norma

    I am 63. Just started doing planks. How long should I be able to hold a plank for? I do them with my elbows on the floor. I only do about 30 sec at the moment. How do I work up to 5 minutes!

    1. Danette May

      Hi Norma, way to go! Hold on as much as you could every day and take note of it. You will be surprised of your progress each day. You got this Norma! – Admin of Danette May