Fitness

This 28-Day Planking Challenge Can Help Tone Up And Tighten Your Tummy

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The “core” refers to the muscles of the back, in the abdomen, and the glutes, the three groups of muscles which are vital for a proper body balance and a healthy spine support. Exercises that target the core muscles are especially beneficial if you spend a lot of time sitting during the day, as they will help you prevent poor body posture and support the spine in order to prevent any issues. Planks are ones of the most effective core exercises you can perform, that engage the entire body and offer amazing results in a very short time. Dr. Jinger Gottschall, assistant professor of kinesiology at Penn State University, explains: “ Planks maintain the stability of the core muscles, which support proper posture by safeguarding an erect position and proper alignment of the spine and allows for more three-dimensional activation, from hip to shoulder, whereas the crunch is an isolated move that hits just your abs.” Despite toning the abs, planks will boost flexibility, relieve back pain, and improve mood. The following 28-day plank challenge will help you boost the core muscles, flatten the tummy, and improve your body posture. It gradually increases the time needed to hold the plank position each day, and after the 27th day, you should be able to hold the lank for 4 minutes.

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