MY FAVORITE EXERCISE: THE PLANK

The thought of starting a new exercise regimen can be quite daunting. Feeling out of shape or weak can be disheartening and can sometimes make a goal just seem so far out of reach. Discouragement sets in before the start, and can often put off that start date until tomorrow, next week, or even next month.

I had similar feelings not too long ago. I woke up one day, and I had a little extra “softness” in some places I didn’t care to have it. Now, I realize as we get older, our metabolism starts to slow, and sometimes it feels like we need to run a mile just to stay in one place.  Ugh, why does it have to be so hard??
I found myself feeling a little discouraged, but I wasn’t about to settle and give into it. As we get older, there is no doubt our body changes. But if we modify our diet and exercise, I do believe we can be stronger and healthier, and hold onto that youthful energy.  Shoot, I’m determined to do it.

I was introduced to the plank years ago in yoga. For me, it was one of the most difficult poses due to my lack of strength in my lower abdomen. Embarrassed by my weakness, I would start shaking after holding the position for only a few seconds.
Well, I recently revisited Mr. Plank.  A back injury had me feeling defeated, and my doctor had suggested I start doing them to strengthen my core muscles which would ultimately help support my spine. Needless to say, I was intrigued.

I’ve been doing planks for months now, and I’m astounded by my strength progress which only continues to increase. My arms, shoulders, back and abdominal muscles have never been more defined in my life. My posture has never been better.

Proper form is key- All muscles engaged, tummy tight, back straight, elbows directly under shoulders. Hands can be either together or straight out on floor. Feet together or hip distance apart. Try to hold 1 minute, or as long as you can.

The video below provides a live demonstration from yesterday’s Periscope.

There’s no need to feel overwhelmed or discouraged. Starting slow with a short, but effective daily routine will help you build strength, get toned, and give you that little head-start that will encourage you to keep going.

Please consult your doctor or health care professional before taking on a new work-out regimen.

Periscope LIVE stream October 8, 2017

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8 Comments

  1. Burke McCrory

    Dina,
    How many planks do you do each day and how long do you hold each one?

    • Planking is one of a few different exercises that I do daily-
      I change up the length of time on alternating days.

      I started out barely being able to hold it a minute without breaks.
      I’m now up to 5 minutes.
      The whole routine lasts about 15 minutes.
      It’s very effective.

      Thanks for bringing your question to the site.
      🙂

  2. Sonny

    Thanks a bunch. Makes more sense than people saying just do it. Not a favorite but I’ll keep trying.

  3. RE: Planking presentation. I am now better informed and more highly motivated. Thanks, Dina!

  4. Well gosh, how sweet.
    🙂
    Thank you Troy.

  5. Troy Haggedus

    I would never have guessed that 25 years after first seeing you on 90210 you would be even prettier then you were back then.

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