Workout: To do at home, in the gym or on the go
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Sixty seconds goes by fast, right?
Not when you’re doing the plank!
But it is a great exercise for strengthening your core muscles.
If you need inspiration, consider Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader
Ginsburg, 86, who has incorporated the move into her workouts.
When planking, the goal is to keep your body in a straight line, from the top of your head to your heels, as you balance on your forearms and toes.
1. Position your forearms on the floor, shoulder width apart, with your palms open and facing upward. Keep your elbows directly beneath your shoulders.
2. Place your feet hip width apart, with your toes pressed into the floor.
3. In one motion, lift your entire body off of the floor while keeping your legs stretched and straight.
4. Hold this position for at least 10 seconds, eventually working up to a full minute as you continue practicing it.
5. Avoid moving your head and neck out of position and don’t look up. Keep your eyes looking down and your face facing the floor.
Disclaimer: Do not begin any physical activity described in the
Workout column without prior approval from your healthcare professional.