Time to Tone Up for the Holidays

woman doing plank

Plank Challenge to tone up your mid-section!

Don’t Let Tempting Holiday Food and Drink De-Rail You!

Thanksgiving is behind us and I hope we all stuffed our bellies with delicious food! Unfortunately, it probably left us with a soft mid-section. Besides that, we still have all those Christmas parties to attend, with tempting desserts and of course–cocktails! We all go into the New Year with so many resolutions and hope to become better people, and have better bodies. This year, lets’ get a head start on some of those healthy resolutions! The best way to start is by toning up your core sooner rather than later, and that means starting now. Toning up your core is key to keeping the rest of your body aligned and fit.

The Plank Challenge

New to the game? No worries, there are plenty of easy exercises to get you started. The best one to start with are plank workouts. They require no extra gear, just your body weight, and can be done in minute, or even second, intervals. They target most of your core, glutes and other major leg muscles, as well as upper arms, making it an all-around effective workout. To get started, here’s a simple 30 Day Challenge.

Day 1: 20 seconds Day 11: 60 seconds Day 21: 150 seconds
Day 2: 20 seconds Day 12: 90 seconds Day 22: 180 seconds
Day 3: 30 seconds Day 13: REST DAY Day 23: 180 seconds
Day 4: 30 seconds Day 14: 90 seconds Day 24: 210 seconds
Day 5: 40 seconds Day 15: 90 seconds Day 25: 210 seconds
Day 6: REST DAY Day 16: 120 seconds Day 26: REST DAY
Day 7: 45 seconds Day 17: 120 seconds Day 27: 240 seconds
Day 8: 45 seconds Day 18: 150 seconds Day 28: 240 seconds
Day 9: 60 seconds Day 19: REST DAY Day 29: 270 seconds
Day 10: 60 seconds Day 20: 150 seconds Day 30: 300 seconds

Don’t skip the rest days; recovery is just as important as the workout days. Also, be sure to stay hydrated with plenty of water, it’ll help keep your muscles from becoming too sore, especially if you’re a beginner. Lastly, form is very important, so engage your core muscles toward your spine, and don’t forget to breathe!

GOOD LUCK!