15 Incredible Things You Should Expect From Doing Planks Every Day

3/15. Improved Performance

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Doing planks every day will provide your abdominal muscles the adequate strengthening necessary for performance. Once these muscle groups are strengthened, you can perform daily tasks optimally, lift heavier weights and objects, and perform other sport activities with agility.

4/15. Back Strength

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Unlike some other bodyweight exercises (crunches, etc.) that hurt your back, doing planks every day will strengthen it. Plank requires no movement and the position recruits your back muscles particularly your upper back while straightening your spine. More so, because your glutes are involved, your lower back is also protected and getting strengthened as well.

5/15. Improved Metabolism

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Believe it or not, planks burn more calories than the traditional bodyweight abs exercises. How? The muscles that it recruits keep burning even while you sleep. Additionally, doing planks every day is particularly beneficial to people who lead sedentary lifestyles. You can do it while you read, watch TV, etc. so that you can keep your metabolism up all day and burn calories.

6/15. Neck Support

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In addition to providing back and spine support, doing planks every day strengthens the muscle groups which are responsible for supporting your neck. More so, planks can rid your neck of pain while significantly reducing your chances of developing neck pain the future.

7/15. Improved Posture

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If you catch yourself slouching when you sit or stand, try doing some planks every day. Since the plank pose straightens your spine, it will tremendously improve your posture. So if you lead a sedentary or a ‘nine to five’ lifestyle, make sure you include planks in your daily calendar to fix your posture.

8/15. Improved Balance

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When you perform planks every day, you’re fueling your core with the ability to withstand and hold your body still when you do balance poses, and/or when you engage in any activity that requires balance. There are so many exercises that strengthen the core but why planks are peculiar is because it’s also setting your body up for stability and balance. Try mixing in some side planks or planks with one leg up.

9/15. Improved Mood

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Many people (including those already doing planks every day) do not know that planks offer mental benefits. While you hold your plank form, it stretches out the muscle groups and nerves which are responsible for stress and tension in the body. In addition to calming the brain, planks have been proven therapeutic for anxiety and depression.

10/15. Bone Strength

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It’s a known fact that any form of weighted exercises are great for strengthening the bone. While you hold a plank every day, you’re holding up the weight of your body which is beneficial for your bone. The result is that all the bones attached to the muscles recruited are getting strengthened.

11/15. Glute Definition

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Another important muscle group recruited by doing planks every day, are the glutes. The glutes are actively engaged while you perform plank exercises, especially if you have one leg up for a greater challenge. In the end, you’re shaping your butt.

12/15. Shoulder Strength

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Say goodbye to a weak shoulder. Planks effectively stretch out the muscles in your shoulder. By doing planks every day, your shoulders are getting stronger which contributes to improved flexibility. More so, it will enable you to handle tasks that engages the shoulder seamlessly, such as, lifting heavy objects.

13/15. Improved Flexibility

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When you perform planks every day, you’re stretching out a lot of muscles which will enable you to move around better. More so, plank exercises helps with flexibility around the core allowing you to easily bend or twist comfortably without hurting your back and spine.

14/15. Supple Joints

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Planks are not only beneficial for getting a six pack toned core, and strong bones. The plank activity also plays an important role in keeping the joints supple. The joints bear a lot of pressure and if they’re weak, day to day tasks become more and more difficult. However, by doing planks every day, you’re strengthening your joints enabling them to handle pressures without complaining.

15/15. Improved Fitness Level

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Once you start enjoying the benefits of doing planks every day, you wouldn’t want to stop. Additionally, it will motivate you to challenge yourself more with more fitness activity, especially if you’re not a fitness freak. By so doing, it improves your overall fitness level and quality of life. You’ll be bursting with energy and will power.

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