Plank exercises add stability to your core and are a great way to get a tighter tummy regardless of gender or experience level.*
First, start with your forearms and toes on the floor.
Next, rise and (as the picture shows) make sure that you are keeping your body parallel with the floor as you count to ten. Make sure that you keep weight evenly distributed, and your core engaged.
Use your core to stabilize your body while you count – not your arms!
Finally, release your body after the count is up and rest for a few moments before attempting to go for your next count. Repeat twice after the first count to ten.
Each day that you do this exercise try to increase your counts by at least five to build up strength.
If your back is up to it you can always go for a count to twenty the first time around if you feel that holding this position and counting to ten is not challenging enough for you.
For added difficulty – and once you get to this point, you can challenge your core even more by balancing on an exercise ball.