#WednesdayWorkout – Side Plank
While the side plank is often overlooked in favour of the face-down plank, it’s an excellent exercise to strengthen the core and external abdominal oblique muscles to help avert back pain.
1. Start with one arm bent at the elbow with your arm placed directly under your shoulder, and your body in a line on the ground. Feet can either be stacked or one in front of the other.
2. Slowly lift your hips and knees off the ground so your body makes one straight line in the air and the only points of contact are the forearm and feet.
3. Hold this for 10-15 seconds and then relax down and switch to the other side.
TIP: you can lift from your knees and not your feet if you find it is difficult and slowly work up to trying a side plank from your feet. Make sure you keep your body in a straight line.