Tag: planks

8 variations of planking to maximize core stability.

8 variations of planking to maximize core stability. Many articles discuss the core and how important it is for a healthy function back and gait. There are many variations of planking that claim to achieve this. The truth is, the core is not your abdominals, or your glutes, or your erectors.   It is the entire region that stabilizes you as you walk or run. It is affected by how we have adapted since we were children.  We grew, learned to walk, and adapted to our athletic activities and injuries.  Fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds the muscles and organs in Read More »

How to plank correctly to reduce back pain and strengthen the deep core muscles.

How to plank correctly to reduce back pain and strengthen the deep core muscles. Do you perform planks regularly?   If you do, is your plank form correct? There are a number of myths and facts about planking which include the time needed to benefit from these exercises.   One of the more common myths is about the amount of time you need to plank and how many different planks you need to perform. Signs of a weak deep core when planking includes difficulty doing either side of standard planks for less than a minute.   When performing a plank, you will eventually Read More »

Is getting up from a seated position becoming more difficult? more difficult? Here’s 3 back pain prevention exercises you can do now before its too late.

Is getting up from a seated position becoming more difficult? more difficult? Here’s 3 back pain prevention exercises you can do now before its too late. As many of us age, it seems more challenging to do certain simple tasks such as getting up from a seated position.  Is this an age related problem or is there something that we or our healthcare providers are not understanding about this simple task. Sure, you can purchase a chair that will elevate and lift you as you stand up, and companies are manufacturing chairs that will do this for you, but is that helpful or Read More »

4 Ways The Plank Boosts Your Lower Back Health, a guest post.

4 Ways The Plank Boosts Your Lower Back Health, a guest post. Are you planking? If not, you should really consider it. This exercise replaced the crunch as the number one core strength exercise recently. More and more people add it to their workout regime, and many are doing it in rehabilitation programs and injury prevention sessions. Let’s see what is the plank and how it can actually help us with lower back health! What Is The Plank? The plank (or front hold, abdominal bridge) is a static, isometric, strength exercise. You do the exercise by holding your body stiff Read More »