Planks are incrediblye good for us. And we don’t need any equipment---just a solid surface and our body.
I now have a passion for planks! I was scrolling my Instagram feed recently when I saw info about just how good they are for us. It also included this: “Try holding a plank five minutes every day!”
That sounded like a long time but I thought I could get there eventually.
I’ve always known planks are challenging & good for the abs. But I had no clue how beneficial they are for our overall health & muscle development.
Planks are Pertinent
1/Plank Holds-Strengthen our *entire* body
2/Stance-Balancing in plank helps our posture.
3/Better Back-Planks strengthen the back which helps to prevent back injuries.
4/Equilibrium-Planks give us better balance, improved flexibility.
5/Disposition-Planks boost our mood & relieve stress.
6/Metabolic Rate-Planks speed up our metabolism. This means we’ll burn more calories at rest.
The first time I tried a few weeks ago—I struggled to 4:10.
Now-get this—I can hold my planks for 7:00!
The feeling of accomplishment that comes with that? Phenomenal—see, it is a mood booster!
So, suddenly I’m pumped & primed for planks. I now do them at the *end* of almost every work out.
Yep, planks are the cherry on top of my running, weights & yoga--sweet, yet a challenging & perfect way to wrap up a work out.
BTW: The World record for plank was set in 2016. A guy held it for 8 hrs. & one min!
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I’m embarrassed, humiliated, ashamed and fatter. My jeans are tighter.
Okay, okay—a bit of a drama queen--but still..sigh!
I had a great plan--sugar free for 30 days. I was so close. But then “it” happened: A trip to Costco would derail me.
I was having some peeps over on July 4th and couldn’t pass up an apple pie. No temptation for me---easy as “pie”.
Here’s how the “crime” went down:
That humungous thing won’t fit in my ‘fridge & I’m forced to cut it up.
Oops, I get some on my fingers--darn! I lick it off. Then plop--some on the counter.
Five hundred calories of Dutch Apple Pie licks, plops & splatters later— I get the rest stuffed in the ‘fridge.
That sugar, butter & flour concoction taunted me!! Blimy.
But wait—I do have some good news out of all of this and I’m surprised. You see, I might not have used restraint at first but I did… eventually. Here’s what I mean:
Typically, I wouldn’t have stopped with the pie mess. I might have gone on to M&Ms & more.
But I stopped. Yep, stopped right after the pie calamity.
Today would’ve marked 30 days off sugar: (I’ll add an asterisk by my name!). So, I’m continuing on-- 60, maybe 90 days!
Join me for Lynda’s Sugar Shake-off Challenge!
One bit of advice—don’t go to Costco!
Honesty is the fastest way to prevent a mistake from turning into a failure.~James Altucher, Hedge fund Manager
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