Work those AB’s

Hey there, I’m back!

I’m still going through the Automatic Body Butt Buster Challenge and I have to say, it has been a challenge. Our last workout day was a core workout. If you don’t know what that is its the AB’s. And let me tell you, I found out just how out of shape I am in that area. And this workout wasn’t just a few sit ups, oh know. You really work the core with the exercises that Kim had us doing.

She started with planking which is where you get in push up position on your elbows and you just stay that way for a count of 25. Or you can make it more challenging by moving side to side or moving your butt up and down. Needless to say, the stationary position was plenty for me. The the side planks where you do it sideways on one arm and then do the other side just add a little different flair. Just those two had me in pain. There were 4 other positions.  I used to be able to do leg raises, no problem. The other day I could do NADDA! That’s when I knew, I have work to do!

Why is the core so important? Just for a six pack? No, although that’s a nice benefit. It’s what supports your whole frame and keeps you standing upright. When you stand up straight, yes your mother was right, your internal organs have the room they need to work at peak efficiency. And…wait for it… that keeps you healthier!

So what do you do when you’re out of shape and want to get back to your old self? No, you don’t try to do the level that the experts are doing right away. You will only defeat your purpose. Instead, you modify the number you do and the position to the level that’s comfortable for you, pushing yourself just a little bit further than what your body tells you so that you get some benefit. You do that until you can do more, and then you do more. Pushing yourself a little  helps you to stay with it and get to the more advanced level. Trying to do too much too soon, only gets you down and you quit.

At least going through this challenge has shown me the areas I need to work on. And I will because that’s just the kind of person I am. More AB work for me! And to be honest, that is something I have neglected over the last few years.

Until Tomorrow!

P.S. I found a brief instructional video on planking on if you’re interested.

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I am a retired nurse with a passion for helping people. I believe that if I can help people stay healthier, I can help them live better lives. That's my goal.