Current Record: THIRTY-SIX seconds

Woman doing a plank exercise.
Photo by Sergio Pedemonte on Unsplash. Not the author. Dude, seriously?!

I am concerned about staying healthy while we are stuck inside. I have spent time in a hospital bed. I have lost mobility due to muscle atrophy. I have regained most of my abilities, but I really don’t want to lose them again.

You don’t, either.

Remember, use it or lose it!

It’s like my dentist used to say:

You don’t have to floss all your teeth. Just concentrate on the ones you want to keep.

—my dental hygienist

I like to be able to walk, at a bare minimum. There are a few other things I rather like doing, like sitting up in bed.

I started walking 30 minutes per day:

Now I am focusing on the other bare minimums. I am practicing a daily plank.

Why a plank?

A plank is a great way to maintain your core strength. If you want to do anything, you are activating your core muscles (around the trunk of your body).

Remember, we are focusing on the bare minimums here. To feel human, I must:

  • Take a shower
  • Wear clean clothes
  • Go for a walk
  • Perform a plank
  • Skip the junk food
  • Fast occasionally
  • Text or call someone I care about
  • Write at least 500 words

How did you do?

This is my very first day of doing planks. Everybody should know how to do a plank.

I know that as I practice every day, I will get better and better.

The Rules

Do a plank for as long as you can. Rest for one minute. Try it again. Rest for one minute. Try it a third time. Record your best time out of three.

The first time I tried a plank, I got 34 seconds. The second time I got 36 seconds. The third time, I got less than 10 seconds. My body was like, “Forget this!”

Tell me your best plank time in the comments. We’ll keep track together.

I am going to do a plank Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I know you don’t really need a rest day from a 30-second-plank, but I want to also establish a habit. I want MWF to be my workout days.

I will still walk daily.

One more rule: I don’t want any super-in-shape-gym-rats saying, “Yeah, man. I can totally do a 3-minute plank. My abs are ripped!

Out of shape fatties only, please.

Ready? Break!


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