February 9, 2024

Beyond a Six-Pack: Building Critical Core Strength

In the pursuit of fitness and overall well-being, we often hear about the importance of core strength. So, what exactly is your core, and why is it so important?

Your core is the group of muscles that support your spine, trunk, and pelvis. It is what gives you stability and balance and supports your body in everything you do. Importantly, a strong core contributes to better posture, less back pain, and reduces the risk of injury.

Why Plank?

Planking is a simple yet incredibly effective exercise that targets multiple muscle groups simultaneously, including the abdominals, obliques, lower back, and shoulders. By holding a plank position, you engage and strengthen these muscles, leading to improved core stability and endurance over time.

Whether you're a fitness enthusiast or a beginner, planking can be modified to suit your fitness level and goals. From traditional forearm planks to side planks, plank variations offer a challenging yet rewarding journey toward a stronger core.

How to Plank

Consistency is key when it comes to reaping the benefits of planking. Start with shorter durations and gradually increase the time as your strength improves. Incorporating planks into your regular workout routine, even just a few minutes a day, can yield significant results over time.

Cecily Danver, fitness specialist at The Welliot at River’s Edge demonstrated how to safely and effectively plank in this short video. 

Planking for your Brain

Beyond the physical benefits, planking fosters mental resilience. Holding a plank requires focus, determination, and the willingness to push past discomfort—a valuable mindset that extends beyond the workout mat into other aspects of life.

So, whether you're aiming for six-pack abs, to enhance athletic performance, alleviate back pain, or simply improve your overall fitness level, don't underestimate the power of planking. Embrace the challenge, stay consistent, and watch as your core strength grows.

Learn more about how you can get strong and stay strong at The Welliot

*Please talk to your primary care provider about exercises that may be best for you.   

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