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5 Reasons To Add Planks To Your Fitness Routine
Research has shown that planks strengthen your whole core, from shoulders to hips, engaging more than 20 muscles in one simple pose. This is great news for your posture. Planks are especially good at stabilizing your spine by activating muscles like the important transverse abdominis.
An associate professor of exercise science at the University of Wisconsin, Cedric X. Bryant. Dr. Glenn Wright, agrees. Wright praises planks because they work the abs isometrically and “maintain the stability of the core muscles, which support proper posture by safeguarding an erect position and proper alignment of the spine.” Proper alignment and spine stabilization can help prevent lordosis (an overextended back, or “swayback”) and posterior pelvic tilt (or “flat back”)