5 Minutes for Fitness: Let’s plank!

by Lisa

It’s time to work our abs!

Today’s workout is the low plank. It is one of my favorite exercises that can be done anywhere and anytime. While my boys are playing, I get down on the floor and practice my planks. (Sometimes my oldest thinks it is fun to sit on my back, even though I don’t really appreciate his “help”!)

Low plank looks like this:

Make sure to keep your neck relaxed, draw your belly button toward your spine, and don’t forget to breathe!

Hold the position for as long as you can, and then count 5 seconds longer. Challenge yourself!
Repeat this at least 3 times per day and before you know it you will be planking for minutes.

Ready? Drop down to the floor and try it out right now. Don’t worry, we’ll be here when you get back!

This column is hosted by Lisa. She can be found doing squats and lunges over at Workout Mommy.



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1 BlapherMJ November 13, 2008 at 11:49 am

My abs are definitely the area I need to work the most. Thanks!

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2 Susan November 13, 2008 at 12:41 pm

Great idea to do this while playing with the kids… it’s perfect since I’m usually already on the floor with them!

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