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At-Home Workout: Planks

This is part one of our mini-series on at-home workout moves that work!

Part one is dedicated to planks.

We love planks at Sound Medical Weight Loss!  Whether you’re sheltering at home, working out outdoors as the weather gets nicer, or in a gym, planks are one of the most accessible, effective exercises in our arsenal.  We’re sharing a video of our very own Ashlan Quantrille demonstrating plank variations and form, as well as details about planks to get you excited to do them alongside her.

Benefits and Fun Facts

Planks strengthen the core, reduce back pain, help to improve posture and balance. And of course, as with all exercise, planks will heighten your metabolism, boost your mood and help combat stress.

Fun fact: Plank exercises have a wonderful effect on our nerves, making them an excellent way of improving mood. They stretch out muscle groups in the lower back, stomach and intestines, neck, shoulders and more that contribute to stress and tension in the body.

How to Get Planking

You can incorporate planks into your everyday workout regime or as needed. Practicing everyday will increase mobility, strength, and flexibility. Any exercise is better than none! 

Try adding a plank before or after an already-well-established habit in your daily routine to help the habit “stick,” like right before your morning shower.  Make it one of your daily habits and track it somewhere, either in a planner or on a free app like Habit List.

For beginners, start with doing each variation of plank that you prefer and hold for up to 60 seconds each for up to 3 rounds. As you get more comfortable and confident you can incorporate other variations, additional time, and rounds based on your individual needs and limitations.

Ready to challenge yourself with high planks?

  1. Start in a push-up position on the floor.
  2. Holds arms straight with hands in line with shoulders.
  3. Keep your body in line from head to heels, be sure core is engaged.
  4. Remember to breathe and listen to your body.
Author
Mariel Ilardi  Mariel became a weight loss coach with SMWL after being a patient herself -- having lost 65 pounds through the program! In addition to coaching SMWL patients, Mariel is the founder and CEO of Haven Coaching, an executive and career coaching company.

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