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Are You Beach Body Ready?

Want to stay lean this summer and maintain muscle? Well, the plank exercise will be your best friend this time of year! The plank exercise is a natural way of getting great abs and one of the top ten abdominal exercises. This exercise is an effective way to naturally flatten your stomach, strengthen your core and improve endurance. With summer holidays like Fourth of July right around the corner, the convenience of this exercise is that it can be done even on vacation! I know, I know…exercising on vacation doesn't sound fun at all, but it is the only way to get that hot beach body you have always imagined! Many of the best resort spas not only cater to natural spa products, but fitness as well – whether it is yoga on the beach or a spin class inside of the resort spa facility. So, while you pamper yourself and treat your skin to a nice, organic facial, squeeze in some time to practice the plank exercise. Follow this step by step plank workout and it will leave you feeling energized, fit and ready to hit the beach in no time! Step 1: Lie Flat on the Floor If you aren't familiar with how to do a plank, let me help you figure it out! First, you need to lie flat on the floor and rest your body on your forearms with your palms flat on the floor. Double check that your shoulders are aligned directly over your elbows. Make sure that your legs are straight behind you with your ankles, knees and thighs touching. Step 2: Perform a Push Up In a push-up motion, raise your body off of the floor, supporting your weight on your forearms and your toes. You should have a straight line from your feet to your head. Make sure that your back is flat and your head, neck and spine are in a straight line. Step 3: Tighten Your Abs Muscles Keep your abdominal muscles engaged and do not let your stomach drop or allow for your hips to rise up. To avoid letting your hips or buttocks rise up, tilt your pelvis towards the floor. Remember to breathe and take slow inhales and exhales steadily. Step 4: Hold It Hold the position that you have set from the previous steps for 20 seconds. As the seconds pass while in the plank position, you may notice your stomach beginning to drop or your hips rising. To avoid this, remain aware of your position and keep your abs engaged, working to keep your body in a straight line. Repeat 3-5 times.

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