There is more then one way to work the core besides the traditional crunches we all hate to do.Not to mention, if they are done incorrectly they put unwanted strain on the neck and shoulders.
Plank exercises are a popular element of isometric training, which involves contracting your muscles against stationary resistance.In particular, they benefit multiple elements of physical fitness and your general well-being.
The plank exercise helps strengthen midsection, upper-body and lower-body muscles along the front of your body. Planks also strengthen inner core muscles that support your joints
It's also believed they might provide mental benefits that improve your mood. Plank exercises stretch muscles that commonly stiffen throughout the day and contribute to stress. Sitting at your desk might tighten muscles along the back of your thighs when your legs remain bent for several hours. Tension also develops in the shoulder girdle, if your shoulders tend to slump forward.
To begin doing a proper plank, lie on your stomach with palms on the floor next to your shoulders, feet and legs together, toes down.Lift your body up so that your arms are straight (palms below shoulders) and weight is balanced evenly between hands and toes, keeping body as straight as possible. Don't let your hips drop or rise, and be sure not to shift weight to one arm. Remember to breathe.
Maintain this position for as long as possible and challenge yourself to longer periods in the plank position. Try to hold the position for 60 seconds in the beginning, working your way up in 30 second jumps until you can hold the position for 3 minutes or longer.
Once you have mastered the basic plank, challenge your self by trying the various plank positions- such as side plank and reverse plank.You will begin to strengthen not just the core, but arms, shoulders, legs and yes, feet too.