Why wait until 2018 to work on a strong core?

I don’t know about you, but my body is in desperate need of a plank challenge. I’ve been doing yoga three times a week for a couple of months now, but every time I hit that Boat Pose, my body starts quaking and my tummy just feels weak.

A plank challenge that will work us up from 10 seconds to 5 minutes over the course of December will help us enter 2018 with a stronger core and a confidence boost. I love small wins that add up to big results.

How to Plank Properly

  1. Get into the pushup position, but rest on your forearms instead of your palms. Elbows should be at 90 degrees, perpendicular to the floor, and directly underneath your shoulders.
  2. Your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles — if you were to place an actual wooden plank on your back, it should touch your head, upper back and butt. Don’t allow your hips to sag.
  3. Contract your abs as if someone was about to punch you in the gut. Squeeze your glutes as well.
  4. Breathe! It’s important to breathe deeply while planking. It might be hard at first to get the hanging of breathing while contracting your abs, but you’ll get the hang of it!

Join me tomorrow for our first plank! It’ll only take 10 seconds. You can do anything for 10 seconds, right?

30 day Plank Challenge

There are several variations of planks, but for December, we will just stick to the basic plank. If you’re more advanced, try elevating your feet on a sturdy bench or staircase. Or maybe try a wide stance plank with leg lift: Start with feet wider than your shoulders, and lift one foot a few inches off the floor. Switch legs halfway through.

Oh, and what do we do on December 31st?

Pop champagne, of course!

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