According to Wikipedia: The plank (also called a front hold, hover, or abdominal bridge) is an isometric core strength exercise that involves maintaining a position similar to a push-up for the maximum possible time. We know “planking” as this very challenging workout incorporated to yoga or pilates.
Now reduced to a 4 minute full-body workout by some who do not have the time for more entailed routines. For BUSY moms it’s a great workout!
We are definitely busy – BUT 4 minutes?!? 4 minutes is nothing. We can certainly “plank” for 4 minutes. If you think you don’t have time read this Ruthless with time
The now popular challenge starts with even less than 4 minutes. If it only takes this for a stronger core, then we can all agree it’s an awesome way to utilize part of ten-minutes you have for yourself.
Costochondri – what?
According to different websites – Costochondritis is a condition on the chest wall where an individual feels pain. It is caused by inflammation in the joints between the cartilages that join the ribs to the breastbone (sternum). After reading on it, health professionals do not see it as a serious condition.
It is still definitely necessary to have a diagnosis before one can assume that it is costochondritis as opposed to some heart condition and other
more serious conditions. Usually it has no obvious cause and settles over time. Painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication can be used for relief of symptoms.
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TO PLANK OR NOT TO PLANK
I personally love planking. I love that it challenges my body as well as it challenges my mind. I look at it as a great form of exercise as it strengthens not only my upper and lower body but my core as well. Planking also strengthens my mind and makes me release my thoughts of not being able to finish a “set” and instead let my body take over.
I am always proud and happy for myself when I finish (albeit sometimes not a full 4 minutes). I did read an article where the writer experienced the very painful condition of costochondritis which was attributed to planking as it was included in her pilates or other exercise rituals.
I believe she quit doing the “plank” thereafter. I was definitely going to quit doing the particular exercise but decided that I had to make a decision based on more research. You can see the mechanism of the exercise here Youtube Planks for Beginners
Do your own
I believe that no one article should make up your mind. If you can manage to go deeper into the matter, then do so. This actually just boils down to very basic things:
DO EVERYTHING IN MODERATION – don’t go nuts! Just because you can do 10 minutes 3 times a day, does not mean you should. You get what I mean.
ASK A PROFESSIONAL – if you are in pain, have it diagnosed.
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY – no explanation necessary!