30 Day Plank Challenge – Our cores are one of the most important yet commonly overlooked factors when it comes to our overall health and well being. There are many misconceptions however to what our cores are. Many people believe that the term core only refers to your abdominal area which is not the case. A strong core improves all aspect of our life for example, making us better swimmers, runners, and even surfers as a solid core not only improves your overall strength and endurance but also helps in improving both your posture and balance. And best of all core workout are a great factor in preventing lower back pain which is important for us as we age. So what’s on of the best way to strengthen our core? The plank.
For a while now, the plank has been praised for its effect on core strength. “It forces you to stabilize your body, engaging your entire core — not just the exterior abs that you see in the mirror,” said trainer Anna Kaiser, founder of AKT InMotion studio. Not only are you targeting your abs and back but your shoulders and your legs as well.
For your convenience, Kaiser has created a simple to execute 30 day plank challenge to get you the results you’re looking for. First you’ll be doing the plank exercise on an incline using a prop such as a wall or couch as an easier option for beginners. Slowly, as you progress you’ll be moving onto the floor and working on planking for up to 3 minutes. Just remember, your goal is to maintain proper posture while holding up your own body weight.
“The hardest part about planking is committing — holding still until the end,” says Kaiser.
Just remember to stay the course and you WILL make progress.