Planks have been known to improve core definition while engaging in all the abdominal areas. They'll even tighten your glutes and arms! Doing planks just a few minutes a day will build muscle while also reducing the risk for potential back injuries. It'll challenge your whole body's muscles in a way that you'll boost your overall metabolism.
A great plank exercise to challenge yourself with:
1. Start as in the photo above. Hold a strong plank, and switch your feet carefully. Do three sets of ten repetitions.
2. Next exercise: hold a strong plank, this time with both toes planted on the ground, heels up in the air, and arms fully erect with a slight bend for thirty seconds.
3. Last exercise: start again as in the photo above, bend your arms into doing push-ups. Do three sets of ten repetitions of push-ups. Switch legs on your sets in between.
4. Repeat all three exercises three times.
Have trouble slouching? Planks will also have a positive effect on your neck, shoulders and chest to improve your ability to stand with a stable and straight posture. Overall, these exercises will give you a full body workout in under thirty minutes of your day. So get up off your seat and give it a try!