Powerful Plank

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Powerful Plank


Powerful plank

According to The Washington Post, replace crunches with a series of plank-type exercises. What does that mean? Here are the details and how to make it work best for you.

The basic plank is a push-up position, except your forearms are on the floor with the elbows aligned beneath the shoulders. Try to hold this as long as possible, keeping your back straight so that you form a "plank" from your head to your toes. It's harder than it sounds, and it really works your core.

When you get that down, you can do traveling planks: Hold the plank position, go down to the floor, then resume the plank position, repeating every five seconds or so.

And there are side planks that call for you to hold a rigid position propped up on one forearm with your side to the floor.

Don't forget teeth

February is Dental Health month, and here's a fact to chew on -- according to the U.S. Surgeon General, 108 million people lack dental insurance and one in three adults haven't been to the dentist in the past year. No dental insurance isn't an excuse not to go. Free clinics are available in many parts of the country.

And many local dentists now offer patients an affordable prepay dental plan that has no monthly premiums -- Quality Dental Plan. …

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