Morning ladies, happy weekend ! Anyone enjoy a lie in this morning? Ha, no me neither, oh well
This morning I want to talk about planks, a great exercise right? Well, actually, that depends.
There is no denying that the plank CAN be good, especially when mixed up and varied (those 30 day plank challenges, naaah, not so much ) BUT they are not ideal for EVERYONE, and this includes a lot of new Mums. Like crunches, pull ups and other such exercises ️, the problem with planks is that they greatly increase intra-abdominal pressure, and if your core is not as strong and functional as it should be – as is often the case following pregnancy – that pressure pushes your tummy out , and your pelvic floor down ...which is not good news for anyone.
So, if you have a real passion for planks, plank away, but ONLY when your body is ready for it. Ensure that your core is strong and functioning, and that you are not suffering with diastasis recti or pelvic floor weakness. Then, build up to them SLOWLY . Think about plank regressions, for example, against a wall to start with, on your knees and then just one knee. Then, when you do move on to planks, don’t do them for too long, again build up GRADUALLY, and make sure you do them correctly – don’t let your bag sag, and don’t stick your butt up into the air. And above all else, listen to your body, if something isn’t as it should be, you get any doming of your tummy, or any pelvic floor issues, stop and take a step back until you are ready to move forward again.
Hope that was helpful...have an awesome weekend!