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Planks strengthen the entire body

Planks strengthen the entire body

Many people dread doing planks because they feel like time goes by too slow whenever they're doing planks however doing planks targets multiple muscles at once.

The muscles planks targets are: glutes, quads, shoulders, arms, and core. Having strengthed these muscle areas stabilizes the pelvis, knees, and provide stability.

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Planks improve posture

Planks improve posture

If you sit all day, doing the planks will benefit you well. Doing the planks promote good posture by making sure your core muscles support your spine well and keep your body upright.

Doing planks keeps muscles like the diaphragm, pelvic floor, internal obliques, and abs healthy. They brace your spin with ease and with a strong core, your spine is properly aligned, thus helping our posture.

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Planks help reduce back pain

Planks help reduce back pain

Aside from strengthening the core and posture-improving effects of the planks, it also helps reduce back pain. Planks provide relief by increasing our awareness of spinal alignment and posture, meaning to say that if makes us wary of how to hold our bodies (postural awareness).

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Planks help in injury prevention

Planks help in injury prevention

Having good posture helps us keep safe because we are properly distributing our weight during planks. Moreover, by doing the planks more often or at least practicing it consistenly helps us avoid doing awkward and incorrect movements that may lead to injury and pain.

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Planks enhance our balance

Planks enhance our balance

When we do the planks we're forced to keep our weight balanced all over our body to prevent injury, but we use our toes and arms to hold up our weight. The benefit of doing planks is that it can be modified in ways that we can learn how to balance ourselves better.

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Planks can increase flexibility

Planks can increase flexibility

The classic plank actually lengthens and stretches our hamstrings, even though it doesn't feel like a typical stretch.

Planks also stretches the arches and balls our our feet that furthers improves our balance and range of motion, while side plank stretches our obliques which makes our trunk easier to rotate.

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