Planks are an essential workout tool perfect for completion on any flat surface. To begin, lay face down on the ground. Prop yourself up by placing your forearms and palms flat on the ground. Bend your arms with your elbows at a 90-degree angle underneath your shoulders. Your legs should be fully extended, balancing on your toes. Extend your right leg, pushing up and straightening it. Then repeat with the left leg. Lower yourself into starting position one leg at a time, then repeat. Alternate legs each time and continue for two or three minutes. In addition to stretching your leg muscles, this exercise will tone your arms and shoulders. Remember to focus on your breath. Your breathing shouldn't be labored during planks. If you struggle with this posture, modify the exercise and lift your legs to a lesser degree to reap the benefits.
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