Quick Tips to Wellness: Plank Exercises Build A Stronger Core

Healthy balance and motion begins with strong core muscles. These are the muscles that enable us to stand upright, shift our body weight, and move in any direction. We demonstrate a plank with variations: try these at home to start building core strength today.

Plank Exercise [Pictured Above]:

Support your body on your elbows and toes, and hold your torso rigid with your body in a straight line from toes to ears.

Hold the position for 10 seconds, and gradually work up to 60 seconds.


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Plank Alternative:

If you want an extra challenge, from plank position, extend one arm straight out in front of you while you extend the opposite leg straight out behind you. Hold for 3 seconds. Relax, then repeat with the opposite arm and leg.

Gradually increase the time you hold the extended position as you get stronger.

 

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