The plank exercise helps both strength and posture; it is a great exercise that you can do anywhere, inside or outside, AND you need no equipment AS you are using your own body weight to provide the resistance.
But you must focus on the quality, as much as the time you spend in this posture.
What the plank is good for:
Strengthening your spine and abdominal muscles. Plus, multiple benefits including through the hips, shoulders and other joints, providing a complete body strengthening.
How to do the plank:
This is a classic exercise that is often done poorly or incorrectly, which can negate any benefit or, worse, cause injury
Learning to do this properly is important.
- Start in a press-up position.
- Bend your elbows until your forearms are on the floor beneath your shoulders so your body is in a straight line from your feet to your head.
- Keep your abs tight and look at the space between your hands to ensure a neutral spine position.
- Hold the position for as long as you can.