When many people start to stay away from sit ups, as their replacement comes the plank which has been rising in popularity lately. Can planks provide the same benefits as sit ups?
However, sit ups were once a popular way to tone your stomach and waist to make them slimmer, before planks were widely known.
Just like sit ups, planks are also claimed to be effective in training the abdominal muscles. With minimal movement, the plank is done by simply taking the top position of the push-up and holding it for some time. While in this position, the body must be in a straight and tight condition.
But now, the plank, where you take a position like a push-up and hold it, is becoming more popular and has the same effect.
Why shift? One reason is that sit ups are hard on your back, reports health.harvard.edu.
Sit-ups push the arched spine toward the floor and work the hip flexors, the muscles that run from the thighs to the lumbar vertebrae in the lower back.
When the hip flexors are too strong or too tense, they pull on the lower spine and can make the lower back feel uncomfortable.
The second reason is that planks provide better muscle balance in the front, sides, and back of the body during exercise than sit ups, which target only a few muscles.
Meanwhile, daily activities, as well as sports and recreational activities, will make all your muscles work simultaneously.
So you choose #situp or #plank ?