Having a strong core, or midsection, may be the most beneficial asset your body can possess. Having a strong midsection improves body control and balance, increases efficiency of movement and reduces the risk of injuries. The muscles of your core help you sit down, stand up, get out of bed, and reach for that can in your pantry. In other words, your core is EVERYTHING.
One of the best exercises you can do to build your core muscles is the plank. Although you remain relatively still while doing plank, don’t underestimate its benefits. This exercise works every muscle in the body simultaneously. And if you hold the plank long enough, you may even begin to work up a sweat!
How To Plank
Get on your hands and knees on the floor. Come up onto your hands and toes, as if you are going to do a push up. Place your feet slightly apart. Align your hands directly under your shoulders. Tighten your abdominal and buttocks muscles, keeping your body in a straight line. Hold the plank for 30 seconds to one minute. Repeat plank for three rounds. To get stronger, hold the plank on your elbows, hold the plank longer or increase the number of rounds.
Always consult your physician before starting any workout routine.