Sunday, June 28, 2020

The number one reason that people cite for not exercising? According to a study conducted by One Poll on behalf of fitness app creator Freeletics, 42% of Americans surveyed cited “not enough time” as the reason for not exercising. 

In today’s COVID-19 world, the one thing many of us seem to have a surplus of is- TIME. In the same study, 20% cited “too expensive” as another reason not to exercise. Well good news America- while you are safe at home, you can do this effective exercise that doesn’t take very long and doesn’t cost you anything! Best of all- it works multiple body parts and has many health benefits!

Here's an easy health break while watching your favorite show- instead of fast forwarding through the commercials, get down and plank! Bingeing on Netflix? Between episodes set a timer for 5 minutes and give your body a health break. Circulation and activating muscles will actually make you feel better than sitting for hours.

Planks work all the major abdominal muscles, strengthens your back, shoulders, chest, neck, glutes, and quads. It’s the ideal full body exercise to fill those programming gaps! Hold the plank for as many commercials as you can, or if you are a beginner, build up how long you plank gradually.

Why plank? When performed properly, planks can strengthen your core, which is important for balance, stability and proper body mechanic and posture. Planks also:

  • Enhance Bone and Joint Health
  • Increase Muscle Definition
  • Reduce Back Pain

Planks are an isometric exercise; which means there is no movement involved to contract the muscles. They require no equipment and can be performed almost anywhere. If you have kids, it’s a great one to do with them, something that’s an excellent habit for them to get into a young age- why not make it a family challenge?

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