12 Days of Holistic Holidays: Day 9.

So after yesterday’s post, are you like me and noticed all the horrible blue lights strung around town? Eek. Good news is, you have control over yours!

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Plank every day!

Ahh, planking. Does anyone remember that weird fad? That’s not the kinda a plank I’m talking about. I am sure you are thinking…”Well, that came out of left field.” I know, just hang with me for a sec.

Plank it out! Even if it’s only 10 seconds a day, and you work yourself up to 3 minutes a day, doing a daily plank will do more for you than build those six pack abs you are drooling over.

Daily planks will:

  • improve your core strength
  • build muscle definition
  • strengthen your back + protect your spine
  • improve your posture
  • improve balance + stability
  • build mental toughness

Do it every morning when you first hop out of bed, or set a timer for a mid-day plank sesh. You can plank on your forearms or on your hands, just try to keep your head in a neutral position + your core fully engaged. Think about pulling your belly button to your spine!

Ways to amp up your plank:

  • Roll forward on the tops of your toes for more shoulder action
  • Alternate lifting + holding opposite legs/arms in the air
  • Rotate to the side and do a side plank with one arm extended overhead
  • Add some weight!

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Check back tomorrow for more ideas on how you can stay healthy during the holiday season with DAY 10!