Back pain and spinal health go hand in hand. Sometimes we think we are doing a motion to strengthen ourselves, when really it is causing the problem. Keeping the spine in proper alignment also means you are engaging your core properly! Here @caligirlgetsfit shows it very well, thanks for sharing #inflexibleyogis .
Pizza is bae! Always look at the 🍕 on the ground (or add your own favorite food) when planking!
Someone recently asked me if it REALLY is that important to keep a cervical spine when planking (because I'm always talking about this), and the answer is yes! If you don't believe me, I've sketched a little picture of what your spine is actually doing when planking correctly / vs what it looks like when you plank with bad form! Ouch! That hyperextended cervical spine and hips down low like a banana does not look comfy! And while it takes core strength to keep your body in line as you get stronger every day, don't forget to also keep your cervical spine neutral so you don't injure your neck.
If you want to get technical, here's some info from my friend the rehab expert @vinnierehab: cervical hyperextension puts a lot of strain on your neck, notably your suboccipitals as well as your SCM muscles! So many people hyperextend their neck on everything (deadlifts, push-ups, squats, etc.) that it's definitely something to watch out for!
So remember next time you're planking... Eyes looking slightly in front of you... Keep your eye on the prize! 🍕