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#PlankaDay— Is it worth doing?

Source: To do a plank correctly, keep your elbows under your shoulders, your body straight from head to heels, and your core and glutes engaged.

Yes, up to a point. Bracing your shoulders, core, glutes, and legs to hold a plank position creates tension throughout your body, which builds all-over strength that makes activities like running feel easier. That said, holding a plank for longer than two minutes offers diminishing returns. Once you’ve worked up to two minutes, progress to a more challenging movement. Try doing pushups (which are basically dynamic planks) or a new exercise that targets several muscle groups (like glute bridges with weight on your hips).

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