Fitness Friday – The Plank


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The plank. What looks so simple is actually rather challenging. I never really “planked” until last year when Girl Gone Healthy posted up a one month planking challenge. The challenge…a plank a day. I figured I would give it a try.

Wow! I truly didn’t realize how many muscles it took to hold a basic plank position. This one simple exercise targets your core and improves your posture. I started the challenge with holding a plank for 45 seconds. Boy could I feel it. I felt it in my arms, my core, and my legs. Each day I tried to get more time. I ended the month long challenge with holding a plank position for 7 minutes, someting I never thought I would be able to do. It’s grueling and your body shakes the more you challenge yourself, but I felt such a difference. I was stonger and had better posture. I noticed that I could get through my more challenging workouts with more ease. Although there is no way I could hold a 7 minute plank right now, if I started doing them every day again I know I could get there.

I found this great video from FitFluential that gives you the basics on how to perform a proper plank. Give it a try.

So here is my challenge to you. Do a 30 second plank.  Just 30 seconds of your time (the length of ONE commercial). Work yourself up to a full minute and incorporate planks into your weekly routine. It’s a quick exercise that engages your entire body. And when you’re at that point when you feel the heat hitting your face and your arms are shaking…try to rock out another 10 seconds. You can do it!

My tip: Look through your playlist for a song that’s length will meet your goal time. Listen to it, breathe, focus…and even sing if you can. Try to make it to the end before you’re lying on the mat wondering how you’re going to get up.

Apparently His Clothes Define Him

One of the benefits of having three boys is the ability to hand down their clothes to the next. Of course not all of the clothes survive one child, but many do. All three do get new clothes, but it’s nice to have those good pieces that I can hand down to the next. It’s been working out quite well for the past eight years. Well, until now.

snake shirt

My oldest has now developed an attachment to his clothes. He considers his clothes a representation of “who I am,” (which he actually says with air quotes). While I get the point…seriously, he has some perfectly good clothes that would fit his little brothers quite nicely. I see where he’s coming from. When I choose a shirt for him it’s because there is a dinosaur on it or it’s got a lot of color, which he loves. They’re an extension of his personality, but they’re still good clothes that no longer fit him.

Our most recent debacle has been over a pair of size 6 shark pajamas. Shark pajamas that would fit both his younger brothers. Shark pajamas that are two sizes too small for him. Shark pajamas that I keep finding hidden in places so his little brothers can’t have them. Right now they are currently stuffed inside his pillow case. Seriously!?

So what is one to do with this argument of HIS clothes being a extension of his identity/personality vs. something that just covers the body so we can go out in public? What does he plan on doing, hoarding all his clothes into adulthood? I offered to buy new shark pajamas, but they’re not the same. He wants the new shark pajamas and he wants to keep his old ones. Not really what I was going for.

So do I take away these perfectly good clothes and give them away so his brothers don’t catch his wrath of, “why are you wearing my shirt, it’s MINE!”?? Maybe I’m just reaching the end of being able to hand down their clothes. Or better yet, I’ll just have to put my foot down…although he does make a decent argument…but his brothers like sharks too. Realistically, one brother would wear the clothes just to piss his older brother off, so I get the frustration there, but the other little guy actually likes T-Rex and would be thrilled to have all those shirts. We’ll have to sit down and try talking this one out…again. The first attempt was not successful and resulted in him hiding clothes. *sigh*

When you shop for your kids do you go for just practical, or do you shop with their personality and likes in mind?

Do your kids have the same attachment to their clothes as mine?