The simple plank is essential for core stability and overall spine health.
In addition improving core stability, this isometric exercise will increase strength in your:
- Hip Flexors
Our Chiropractor Eric Wolk advises, "Spinal alignment is key to executing an effective Plank. If your back is too rounded, or if the neck is flexed, you are at risk for upper cross biases, or uneven strength across your upper body. No sagging or arching."
"Your hands should be directly under your shoulders, too," Dr. Wolk explains. He also says that your core should be engaged, or squeezed, to get the most out of this exercise.
Try to hold your plank longer and longer each time you do it to see measurable results. Your core muscles, which work in concert with other muscles in your trunk, will strengthen and contribute to improved balance and posture. Set goals and challenge yourself!