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Benefits of doing the Plank

Doing both regular and side planks tones all of your abdominal muscles as well as your arm muscles, quadriceps and your back.

They can be done anywhere! A yoga mat would be helpful but not necessary.

Helps with your balance and stability.

Strengthens your core and spine.

How to do the Plank

 

Start off on a yoga mat in the push up position (Starting with the push up position is the easiest way to get into the plank)

Lower your forearms to the ground so that both of your elbows and palms are flat to the ground. Your elbows should be directly under your shoulders.

Curl your toes under and engage your abs by tilting your pelvis and pulling your belly button toward your spine.

Straighten your body but keep your neck and spine neutral. Imagine that you’re a plank of wood, and that you’re straight as an arrow.

Flex your abdominals and squeeze your glutes. These are the two major muscle groups you’ll be working out in this exercise.

Hold this position, also known as the plank, until after the burning begins. Keep your eyes on the floor in front of you. Avoid raising your behind. Your body should make a straight line from your heels to the back of your head.

By Grace

 

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