Planking: Is it worth it?

Planking is one of those exercises that you begin and immediately regret thirty seconds later. They have a magical way of turning 1 minute into an eternity. Even though they’re difficult, here are a few reasons planks are worth the struggle.

1. Improves balance and posture

Getting down into a plank can actually improve the way you stand and walk. Working the muscles of the core can improve your sense of balance by making your body more stable. This is because our core muscles’ basic function is to keep our spine straight and keep us from falling over. Building a strong core will encourage a healthy posture and even help prevent damage to the spine.

2. Improves coordination of muscle groups

Planks are a particularly great ab exercise because they engage all parts of your core. Additionally, they also help to coordinate multiple muscle groups to function at the same time. When performing a plank, your abs are working in sync with your shoulders, hips, legs, and arms to achieve this position. By using these muscle groups together you are improving their ability to work with each other in harmony. When your body is in sync it is better equipped to do its’ job of keeping your spine stable and safe.