Plank Pose for Calories Out and Wellness

This entry was posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at 8:00 am.

Asian woman on a yoga mat doing the dolphin plank pose.

Embrace and love your body. It’s the most amazing thing you’ll ever own.

1 minute of plank pose = 4 calories out

There is one pose that will make your abs tight, your back strong, and your core conditioned. Yup, you guessed it! It’s the famous plank pose, and it’s one of the “shakiest” poses out there. You will almost certainly start to shake as you try to hold it, but doing it even 3 times a week for 1 minute will produce noticeably tighter abs and better posture.

Getting into the plank pose from the floor:

Getting into the plank pose from downward dog yoga pose:

To get into the plank pose, lie facedown on the floor. Rest your forearms on the floor so they form a 90 degree angle with your shoulders. The position will be more difficult if your arms are too far in front or back of you. Hands should be face down. Tuck your toes and push up off the floor, rising on to your toes. Don’t arch your back. Engage your abdominal muscles to help support your torso. It is hard and you will probably shake, but keep going.

Your back should be like a plank, as straight as possible from your head to your heels. It will slope downward of course. Hold for 30 seconds and eventually try to work up to 2 minutes. Come down slowly and fold into child’s pose, if desired. Remember to breathe throughout the pose. Note: You can also get into the plank pose from the downward dog pose. Watch the video above. That plank will use straight arms, not bent arms resting on the floor.

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