Last night we added one to our list. Family Plank Night.
Yes, you heard it right. Everyone...and I mean EVERYONE...did planks. We did a front plant for 15 seconds and did this 3 times. 15 seconds isn't a lot but it is good starting point. I am pretty sure that the moans I heard were because the plank felt good on their core muscles. :) For those that wanted to extend the 15 seconds to a longer period, that was encouraged. Sid went all crazy and showed off her crazy plank skills by flinging her arms in the air but for most of us we stuck to the front plank. Quinn had his own version which looked more like the downward dog yoga pose so we will have to work on his skills. He is only 4 but you are never too young or old to do a plank. :)
I have learned over these last few months what the benefits of doing planks are. I was very curious why I was putting up with the pain that was involved and wondered what muscles I was actually working when I was attempting to hold my body up off of the ground. (It sounds simple but it really can be a challenge). In case you are wondering why you should attempt this great exercise or what you are working if you are already mastering these skills...here you go.
To get the full, written up version of why planks are so good for you I went to a few websites. Here are 4 reasons from www.livestrong.com that list why you should do planks:
The plank exercise helps strengthen midsection, upper-body and lower-body muscles along the front of your body. Planks also strengthen inner core muscles that support your joints. The rectus abdominis and transverse abdominis that form your outer and inner abdominal muscles, respectively, are primary supporters during plank exercises. The abdominal obliques also stabilize the plank position isometrically.