MEASURES: The forearm plank is important for core strength. As mentioned, core strength is important for maintaining good posture and balance as well as preventing back pain and injury.
MIRROR MOVEMENT: While core strength helps with just about everything, some notable situations would be getting in and out of a car or moving around once in bed.
To do a proper forearm plank, hold your torso off the ground, taking care to hold it in a straight line from shoulders to ankles. Make sure you engage your core by pulling in your belly button and steadily balancing on your toes and elbows. Hold a steady breathing pattern. The proper position is fairly simple, but holding it for 30 to 60 seconds harshly tests the endurance of your abs, back, and core. Making it to 60 seconds is okay, but 2 minutes is the sweet spot for gleaning the benefits of lasting core strength. I’M NOT SAYING I CAN’T, BUT… If your hips start sagging towards the floor or hiking upward instead of staying flat, this indicates a lack of core strength. Keeping proper form, but being unable to hold a plank for 2 minutes may indicate that your core is strong, but only a full 2 minutes indicates a healthy foundation for core health. You’re on the right track—keep working up to it!