|Planking....watch ya got?|
I take fitness seriously. And I pride myself on being a runner who isn't "just a runner."
That said, I have to confess that sometimes it's fun to shake things up a bit and make a game out of it. After all, life is too short to be serious ALL the time.
In recent weeks, there's been a planking challenge among a few of us. I kind of joined the party a couple days late, and I don't know if the premise was to (1)work on building up endurance to increase total planking time, (2)experiment with different planking positions, or (3) to just simply add planks to your life. One thing's for sure....planking has taken on a whole new meaning in terms of comaraderie, friendship, support, and (maybe) a little bit of competition
I plank every day, without fail. At the minimum, I do a 2:30 forearm plank each morning while my chai is heating. I'm not usually looking too glamorous (bead head, pj's, and carpet slippers), so not many of those daily 2:30 planks are documented (you can thank me later).
|Fresh outta bed, complete with the comfy carpet slippers|
Planks also work your entire core (more info HERE) and help to strengthen your back. Depending on the position, they also give your legs definition, and can help to strengthen your hips as well.
This planking challenge kind of took on a life of its own, though.
I planked inside....
...and I planked outside...
|In the grass, also after a run|
|I'm just thankful he is willing to share the mat with me|
...in my backyard, in a dress (when no one was looking)...
|Yes! In a dress! On one leg!|
|in the muddy post-rain grass, with sunglasses and dress shoes, none-the-less|
|Ahhhhh, in the glorious sun....|
|Have you ever planked with a cowbell?|
|There also may have been some speed intervals involved...|
|Again, on one leg....|
What do you think about planking? Ever tried it? Back in November, I hosted a Planking on the Fly challenge (more info HERE). My goal was to meet (and/or surpass) 200 minutes of planking in the 30 days of November. Broken down, I had to average around seven minutes "on the floor" every day. I was able to make it to 210 minutes of planking in November!
So, there you have it. I'm linking up with Marcia (from Marcia's Healthy Slice ), for her Runfessions link-up. Marcia was the one "who started it!" (the planking challenge, that is). I invite you to head over and see what she's runfessing, as well as all the other bloggers who are 'fessing up.