Planking is one of the best things you can do, but after 10 seconds, you might have maximized its potential. You can enhance the usual plank by doing reaches.

Duration: Do 20 reps (10 per side). Repeat 3 times.

Instructions:

  1. Get in plank position, making sure your lower back isn’t arched and your abs are tight.
  2. Alternating hands, reach down with a straight arm and touch the opposite hip. This adds an element of cardio to the move and also trains your body to balance.

Tomorrow: Bust out those foam rollers.


Kelly Aiglon is a lifestyle journalist and brand strategist with a special focus on health, beauty, and wellness. When she’s not crafting a story, she can usually be found at the dance studio teaching Les Mills BODYJAM or SH’BAM. She and her family live outside of Chicago, and you can find her on Instagram.