Science Explains What Happens to Your Body When You Do Planks Every Day
Planks are the best excercise that should be part of everybody’s daily routine. They have been called ‘ the perfect excercise’ and practiced by millions of people for centuries. In all of the traditional physical/spiritual techniques that involved the body in various positions during the practices, involve some kind of planks.
The modern population loves spending thousands of dollars on expensive gym machines and gear, trainers, diets etc. It is good to know that the number of people taking care of their health and physical shape raises, but there are so many less expensive and way more natural methods to reshape your body and stay in the perfect health conditions.
Planks are known for having a strong effect on the whole muscle structure of the body. The main ‘focus’ is on the ‘core’. The core muscles, or the core, is a large group of muscles involving the abdominal, back, pelvic muscles as well as the lower primary and secondary muscles. Actually, people practicing fitness are mostly focused on these muscles. (pelvic floor muscles, transversus abdominis, multifidus, internal and external obliques, rectus abdominis, erector spinae, and the diaphragm, gluteus maximus, latissimus dorsi, and trapezius)
The Core is extremely important for your health. In the USA, only, more than 80% of all people suffer from lower back pain at some point in life. Also, your daily activities, energy spending and muscular strength are determined by your core muscles. If you want to do sports or if your job requires being physically active, be aware that your routine movements are based directly on the Core. This means that you have to take care of the core.
WHY “PLANKING” IS EFFECTIVE (AND ITS BENEFITS)
The classic plank activates the muscles of the abdomen, biceps, shoulders, buttocks, quadriceps, and shins! Moreover, according to the American Council on Exercise, performing the classic plank on a regular basis significantly reduces the risk of lower and upper back pain.
Some other benefits of planking include:
– A boost to metabolism: Planks burn more calories than crunches or sit-ups.
– Improving core definition: Planking engages all of the major core muscles groups.
– Better posture: Planks help to keep your bones and joints in alignment, which encourages good posture.
– More flexibility: Planks stretch all of the posterior muscle groups – shoulders, shoulder blades, and collarbone, hamstrings, foot arches, and toes.
– Mood benefits: While this benefit may seem farfetched, consider that planking stretches the muscles most prone to tension (read: stress). Planking stretches your legs, thighs, back, and shoulders, eases tension and stress, and in turn, helps calm the brain’s fight-or-flight response.