For the first time ever PlayFitt has released a new core focused movement! Introducing active planks, a move that combines the infamous downward dog yoga pose with your standard plank. Before I take a deeper dive into explaining exactly how to nail this move, let’s talk about how this actually benefits you.
Active planks are a hybrid of two popular exercises, so you’re able to reap the physical and mental benefits from both moves.
Strengthens, stretches, and tones your body: Although considered an abdominal exercise, you’re also engaging your arms, shoulders, back, and legs. Not only are you strengthening your muscles, but improving your overall balance and posture. Completing your daily and weekly active plank goals is sure to keep your body feeling more flexible than ever.
Boosts mood and releases stress: Active planks, or really any form of physical activity, boosts mental clarity, creativity, and productivity. Regardless of the intensity or duration of your workout, moving your body releases endorphins, the neurochemical known for increasing feelings of happiness.
Active planks are not exclusive to yogis and exercise enthusiasts, everyone can benefit from incorporating active planks into their daily routine.
How to do an active plank
Now that we know some of the key benefits that active planks have to offer, how does one actually do it? First let’s make sure we have the fundamentals of a standard plank down.
- Start on your hands and knees.
- Next, align your hands with your shoulders.
- Once your arms are in the proper position, lift your knees so that you are balancing on your toes.
- Ensure your butt is pushed down and your spine is straight.
Voilà you’re doing a plank! Now let’s make it active.
5. From the plank position, push your chest to your thighs.
6. Squeeze your abs and relax your spine.
7. Hold this position and inhale.
8. While exhaling move back to the plank position.
Congratulations, you now know how to execute an active plank! Remember to keep your feet grounded and to spread your fingers in order to disperse your weight evenly.
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