The Benefits of Planks: Find Out Why You Should Include Them in Your Fitness Routine

Planks are a great way to get in shape and tone up. In this blog, we’ll break down what planking is and the benefits of it. We’ll also discuss different plank exercises you can do, how often you should do them, what they can help with, and how to make sure your form is correct.

Planks are a really simple exercise to add to your fitness routine. They strengthen major muscle groups like the shoulders, abdomen, chest, glutes, thighs, and feet while providing a great core workout. You can do them at home or while traveling on vacation. They’re also an excellent exercise to ease back pain caused by sitting for long periods of time! With these benefits all in one exercise, what are you waiting for? Read on to find out more about the benefits of planks!


What are Planks?


A plank is a core exercise that involves you balancing on your elbows and toes, with your body straight from head to heels. You can do a variation of planks, but the most common types are a regular plank and a side plank.



The Benefits of Planks


Planks are a great way to get in shape and tone up. They strengthen major muscle groups like the shoulders, abdomen, chest, glutes, thighs, and feet while providing a great core workout. You can do them at home or while traveling on vacation. They’re also an excellent exercise to ease back pain caused by sitting for long periods of time! With these benefits all in one exercise, what are you waiting for? Read on to find out more about the benefits of planks!

Different Planks


There are many variations of planks. Some are easier than others, so everyone can do them. There are basic planks where you’re on your hands and toes with your body in a straight line. Other planking exercises include elbow planks, side planks, and leg lifts with planks.

They target all the major muscle groups that run throughout the length of your upper body.

You don’t need any equipment to do these exercises; just find something to balance on like a chair or bed, and use all four points of contact (hands and toes) to keep yourself steady.


How to do planks in proper form


There are many plank exercises that can be done. There's the standard plank, side plank, and forearm plank, to name a few. Here we'll go over how to do a standard plank and how to get the most out of it. To do a standard plank: get into a push-up position on your hands and toes with your body in one straight line from head to toe. Hold this position for as long as you can. To make sure your form is correct, make sure your back is straight and not dipping down towards the ground (you should be able to draw an imaginary line from your shoulders to hips). If you're looking at someone doing the exercise, their pelvis should also be in one straight line with their back

if it's dipping down, they need to push their butt up higher into the air or they're doing it wrong!

You can do planks anywhere that has enough room for you to lie down on your stomach—whether that's at home, in a public park, or even when traveling. When you're first starting, try doing 3 sets of 30 seconds each day for a week. Once you feel comfortable with them and have built up a little strength in your core, increase the time under tension.


Tips for incorporating planks into your fitness routine


There are so many plank exercises you can do. You can mix it up by doing a different one every time you work out. It's recommended that you incorporate planks into your fitness routine 3-5 times per week, but do them more often if you like! The most important thing to remember when doing planks is to make sure your form is correct. A misaligned core will not give you the best workout! Here are some tips for getting the perfect plank:

-Keep your back flat and don't let it arch during the exercise

-Push evenly through your toes, heel, and forefoot

-Don't let your hips sag or push too far forward


How often should you do planks?


Planks are an easy way to tone up and strengthen your core. You can do them anywhere, anytime, and there's no equipment needed.

There are many types of planks that you can try. I consider the plank a beginner level exercise, but it still has the potential to increase your fitness performance if executed properly.

Focus on keeping your body in one straight line during planks—this means no swaying back and forth or bending at the waist or knees. To start, hold a plank for 30 seconds before slowly increasing the time as you get stronger or more comfortable with the exercise.

If you're looking for a workout routine that will challenge you from head to toe, try doing planks with weights! A weighted plank exercise routine strengthens your upper body and creates a better workout for your abs by increasing how long you have to maintain a plank position.

Aim to do 2-3 sets of 8-12 repetitions every day.


When should you include them in your routine?


Planks are great for a quick workout or as a warmup before a more intense workout. They can also help with back pain caused by sitting for long periods of time!

When do you typically need to do planking? You’ll want to incorporate planking into your routine when it benefits you most. For example, if you have back pain from sitting all day at work, then planks would be a good move for you. If your goal is to strengthen major muscle groups, then planks would be beneficial.

You can include planks at the beginning of your workout for a quick workout or as a warmup before doing something more intense, like lifting weights. Or you could do them later in the day as a cooldown after your gym session, or as an evening stretch after dinner to reduce stress and tension from the day.


-ArqFit

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