By Blake Dillon
It is often the simplest movements that can give you the best workout, and this definitely rings true for the plank. This move offers a whole host of benefits, from improving your mood and your flexibility, to toning your midsection and reducing back pain. Simply begin on all fours with your forearms on the ground, ensuring your heels, hips, and shoulders form a straight line, and hold for as long as you can. Once you have mastered that, try these three tips to extend the length of time you can remain in plank position.
1. Plank every day, whether it’s during your warm-up, cool-down, or even while you’re watching TV. The more routine it becomes, the easier it will be.
2. Bring a magazine. (Inside Fitness, preferably.) Reading something will distract your brain from the agony you’re putting your core through.
3. Do not make eye contact with the clock, your stopwatch, or your phone. If you want to time yourself, do so right before you begin and don’t look until the second you’re finished. Clock watching is killer.