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.
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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Summit Orthopedics partners with performance experts from The Power House to bring comprehensive, highly-tailored fitness services to you. Whether you are a first-timer in the gym or a competitive athlete, our coaches and trainers have all the tools, resources, and expertise to create programs that fit your needs and help you achieve your performance goals. Everyone is welcome, you don’t need to be a patient of Summit to take advantage of these offerings.
Start your journey towards your health and fitness goals today. Schedule a free consultation at the HealthEast Sports Center location online, or call (651) 968-5766. Find the group fitness class that works with your schedule. Visit The Power House Facebook page to learn all about the events we offer to safely promote good health throughout your life.
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