It’s the last month of 2016 & if your schedule’s anything like mine, then we’ve got some SERIOUS work to do. Here’s a sample of what I’ve got going on this month:
1. Crush my final exams
2. Move across the country
3. Apply to college in new town
4. Organize PT Contender (honestly right now I’m totally winging it – it’s been a blast being Miss Spontaneous, but I’m gonna need a little more structure in the future)
& that’s just a little peek at my to-do list this month which isn’t even the half of it. So many little things pile up when you move.
Now, let’s get onto something more fun…
I want to give you guys a Quick Fit Tip I like to do in the mornings before doing anything else. It’s a little something I call Wake Plank.
Q: What is Wake Plank?
A: It’s pretty simple really..I wake up, get up, & do a nice little 30 sec plank.
Sometimes I do two 30 sec planks, sometimes one 1 min plank. It’s whatever I feel like. But I find that even a short plank in the morning means that I’ll be more likely to be more active during the day.
[Pro Tip] Have your alarm set to Pandora so you have music playing while you wake plank.
Physical Therapists are all about planking. I went to a PT a couple years ago for my limiting hip/back pain & the first exercise I was prescribed was a plank because core strength is evvverything.
Why is it so important to strengthen the core?? Because of what our core is responsible for in our bodies!
The primary function of the core is to stabilize the spine and limit the amount of rotation and displacement of the spine. – Michael Lau, The Plank Redefined: Improve Performance with Prehab
Increasing core stability helps transfer the full force and power of movement from the lower extremities to the upper extremities and vice-versa. – Michael Lau, The Plank Redefined: Performance with Prehab
Michael Lau is one of the Prehab Guys, & you may remember when I highlighted them in The Unofficial Title of PT’s Everywhere when I talked about advocacy. The Prehab Guys are knowledgeable, social media-savvy, & creative. Check Michael’s amazing website to learn more from them about planks & all things prehab :))
During my research, I also found this post explaining the reasons for the plank in PT.
Why Physical Therapists like the plank?
1. It can be used to treat many injuries including low back, hip and shoulder injuries.
2. It is a great way to strengthen the shoulder girdle in a weight bearing position.
3. It can be modified to challenge even high-level athletes.
– Landmark PT is a clinic based out of Arizona –TONS of valuable info on their site too.
Not only does the plank work our abs, but also our back, shoulders, glutes, and legs. It’s efficient AND effective. It’s strength AND stability. It’s huge for injury prevention!
Just to be clear, Wake Plank doesn’t happen every morning. I forget & wake up late sometimes, and in those cases, Wake Coffee > Wake Plank. Even then, I strive for a plank a day no matter the time.
I’m off to make a strong cup of green tea & cram/relearn everything I learned these past 3-4 months.
[FUN FACT] Green tea burns fat & kills cancer, so drink up!
But first, I’m curious…
How often do you plank?
& Would anyone be interested in doing a plank challenge with me for the month of January? Lmk in the comments
I’ve got an idea for a plank challenge swirling around in my head (bouncing around with a bunch of chemistry formulas) which could work for any fitness level, and I think it could be fun if some of us got together and did it!
Details to come after finals :))