I have decided to take up the 30-day plank challenge.
Just in case you are new to the weight loss mama blog. Some time ago, I took a decision to lose weight, share my story and possibly encourage others to join me on this incredible journey. Read more about me here.
You might be wondering why I took the decision to take this challenge.
First of all, I need to strengthen my mid-section. My tummy has been going down with the ketogenic lifestyle I’ve adopted but I had a dream when I embarked upon this weight loss journey. One of which was to achieve a six-pack flat tummy. (I can almost hear you laughing, I’ll so prove you wrong!!)
Read about my weight loss dream here
Secondly, I definitely don’t want a saggy tummy. In addition to that, the plank exercise works on several muscle groups which offer huge benefits to the female body.
Anyway, this is my baby step towards that dream of a flat tummy.
What really is a plank challenge?
The whole idea of the plank challenge is to get your midsection to be as flat as the wooden plank. Ha ha ha! Yes, you got that right, the plank challenge got its name from the wooden plank.
It means that you want to challenge your self to flatten out all the jiggly dangling parts of your body when balancing yourself on your forearms and toes.
The Correct Way to Plank
There are several exercise challenges out there. The squat challenge, push up challenge etc. They all aim to challenge you, to push your body to take certain actions or in this case exercise for a certain number of days with the hope that you build a habit, and probably even enjoy the exercises so much so that it becomes part of your daily routine.
The plank challenge is a challenge to perform the plank exercise for a certain amount of time (seconds or minutes) daily, consistently, sometimes incrementally for a certain number of days without fail.
How long should I hold a plank?
If you are a beginner, start with 20 seconds and build up from there. As you continue, increase the amount of time in tiny increments.
You can download a free PDF chart to follow.
Getting Started with the Plank Challenge
- Charts: This serves as a simple plan to follow, a guide of some sort. You can even tick on it daily for accountability.
Apps: If you are the type that prefers the digital, you can download this free app >>>>> find app
- Time: You’ll need to carve out the time. I choose to plank just before I take a bath every morning. I’ve tied up my daily plank exercise to a routine that is already a habit. Just like brushing before bathing, plank exercises have become a part of my morning bath time ritual. This way, I don’t miss a single day. No excuses Mama!
- Mat/Blanket: Hey Mama, we need to protect our delicate skin from bruises, so please don’t plank on the bare floor. Use a mat, where you don’t have one, use a blanket or an old beach towel. Multi-task that beach towel. 😉
Here is a Free Printable to help you get started easily.
To Sum Things Up
In the next 30 days, I hope to take some inches off my tummy. Then subsequently, maintain a daily 5 minutes plank (wish me luck). Why don’t you join me on this challenge?
Let’s share our successes, challenges, tips, and tricks in the comments.
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