Many people work out to build muscles and look fit, but it’s equally important to build strength and functionality of the core. Strengthening your core means strengthening everything in the center of your body, such as obliques, the lower back, and the abdominals. Planks are one of the best exercises you can use to accomplish this goal.
You have to master the plank, so get down on the floor, with your hands and feet, in a position similar to a push-up. Spread your fingers wide and aline your shoulders with your hands, keeping both arms straight and symmetrical.
Maintain your body straight, breathe deeply, and feel your abdominals burn. If you manage to hold for one minute, you are on the right track. Over time increase the interval until you achieve to hold the plank for two minutes. Achieving this goal is a sign of building a strong core.
Your hips will start sinking lower, but you have to put a stop to it, so you wouldn’t put too much pressure on your lower back. If your body starts shaking, just relax and breathe deeply. Also, you can perform the plank on your elbows instead of your hands, if you feel any discomfort in your wrists.