All hail the plank! But wait: How long should hold one? Here's your answer

Ever wonder how long you need to hold a plank to get results — without hanging out in the pose for a second longer than you need to? 

Core strength provides stability, as well as balance, improves overall strength, and enhances a person’s ability to do everyday tasks 

To reap the most rewards, holding three planks for up to 60 seconds each is ideal, according to Doug Sklar 

Meanwhile, other studies have noted that regular core strengthening was a factor in reducing chronic back pain 

However, keep in mind that if you’re new to planking, you don’t want to risk injuring yourself in the name of a slimmer waistline 

Allowing your hips to drop puts you at risk of hyperextension of the spine which can result in back pain 

If you have trouble maintaining this position, start with shorter plank holds, focusing on good form for five to 10 seconds