Obesity is a worldwide problem. The World Health Organization estimates that 13% of the word’s adults are obese. In America, that number is closer to 40%. 93 million Americans over 18 are obese. The problem is not just obesity, but the risk of other health conditions that often accompany obesity, like type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
Many gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients report difficulty swallowing and digesting chicken and beef after their bariatric surgery. Since adequate protein intake is so important after weight loss surgery (with a goal of 60-80 grams of protein), not being able to eat proteins they usually tolerate can make eating and meeting their protein intake a challenge.
Planks strengthen your core muscles and each variation helps target different muscle groups so it’s good to add different versions to your fitness repertoire. The side plank is specifically good for improving balance and concentration in addition to really working those core, back, and leg muscles.