The 7 Minute Workout- plank exerciseThank you for returning this week for Part 8 to our series, “The 7 Minute Workout: Health Benefits of ___________”. In the past 7 weeks, you have been provided with a brief explanation of this amazing workout regimen that only requires a deployment of body weight, a sturdy chair, a wall, and just a few minutes of your time. Fitness experts, physical therapists, and other medical professionals state that this regimen fulfills the latest and greatest requirements, as it pertains to a high-intensity, whole-body workout. You have learned about the health benefits of jumping jacks, wall squats, push-ups, abdominal crunches, step up onto chair exercises, squats, and triceps dip on a chair exercises. This week, you will learn about the health benefits of plank exercises.

What are Plank Exercises?
Plank exercises are isometric whole-body exercises that have the ability to optimize the strength of your body core and most other areas of the body. In order to perform this exercise, you must start by placing yourself into the same position that you would to perform a push-up. Once in this position, bend your elbows so that they are positioned at a 90° angle. At this point, you should rest the weight of your body directly on the forearms. Next, you will simply hold the position. It is best to perform this exercise for as long as possible in order to reap the full physical fitness benefits.

The Purpose and Intent of Plank Exercises
The purpose and the intent of plank exercises are to work all of the main muscles throughout the body in order to increase their mass. Once muscle mass is increased, the strength of the body is also increased. Examples of the muscles that are directly and positively impacted by plank exercises include the pectorals major, the deltoids, the biceps, triceps, gluteus maximus, and the hamstrings.

The Health Benefits
As you may have guessed, there are many distinct health benefits associated with performing plank exercises as part of the 7 Minute Workout. First, it builds mass in all of the major muscles, as previously mentioned. Next, plank exercises assist in developing the strength of your body core, the upper body, and the lower body. Additionally, these exercises aid in optimizing flexibility. This is made possible by stretching out the muscles that are worked during the exercise. Finally, plank exercises have been found to be highly effective in improving posture.

Plank Exercises and the 7 Minute Workout
Plank exercises are part of the 7 Minute Workout because they offer many fitness-related benefits. This is mostly due to the prolonged endurance that is required to successfully complete the movements that are part of the exercise. These exercises will result in molecular-based changes directly within the muscles in the body when you are approaching your capacity. Now that you are aware of the health benefits of this exercise, you may start performing it! If you would like to see the 7 Minute Workout in its entirety, simply click HERE.

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