The way exercise improves your health is interesting. Regular physical activity changes the composition of your body and reduces belly fat. It also has anti-inflammatory effects that occur throughout the body.
These changes are protective in chronic conditions, as low-grade inflammation has been linked to heart disease, cognitive dysfunction, and depression.
Physical activity also benefits the brain, leading to more resilience to physical and psychological stress.
Mood and conditions are improved, and chronic conditions such as autoimmune and cardiovascular diseases - and stress-related health problems can all be reduced by increasing your levels of physical activity.
This is why you should do the plank
If you're unfamiliar with this exercise, planking is when your body is in a push-up position but with your arms bent at 90 degrees, balancing on your lower arms and toes. It's a full-body exercise because your shoulders, arms, and legs are engaged too while you're holding yourself up.
Here are four reasons why you should give it a go:
You can do it anytime
It doesn't require any equipment and only takes a few minutes. If you're a beginner, holding a plank for 30 seconds to a minute should be your target. If you can hold a plank for two minutes, it's a sign that your core is getting stronger.
Having a strong core will keep you well-balanced, which in return will prevent injuries.
A strong core will give you good posture by keeping your lower back in a position where you're standing or sitting up straighter.
Saving you spine
This is the major benefit of plank, a strong core acts as a natural corset, protecting your spine and preventing lower back pain.
Apart from these, one more rarely known exercise you must know:
What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?
It's a form of exercise that's designed to help the balancing organ in your inner ear re-establish itself after being disturbed by a knock on the head, an infection, or a sudden head movement.
Usually, the first line of treatment for patients with vertigo is anti-vertigo drugs but if the dizziness persists, the next step is to move on to vestibular rehabilitation. The exercises consist of different eye, head, and body movements designed to stimulate the balancing organ (the vestibular system) to behave normally. You'll be treated by a special vestibular physiotherapist who will also teach you how to do the exercises at home.
The treatment is suitable for all patients who are able to complete a daily low-intensity exercise programme for two to three months.