How can you tone your body in just one month? You’ve probably heard it all before. “Planking is a total body workout!” “You can totally transform your body in less than 5 minutes a day just by planking!”
Well, I’ve definitely heard it a lot, so I finally decided to try it for myself. Here’s what happened when I did the 30-day plank challenge.
I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with my weight. I’ve always had a few extra inches around my waist that I didn’t mind getting rid of. So, like a lot of people, I turned to the internet for some quick weight loss options.
That’s when I came across this article about the 30-Day Plank Challenge, which is supposed to help you lose weight in just one month. I thought, “OK, let me get this straight. All I have to do is one quick exercise a day to get my dream body before it’s time to flip the calendar? Um, yes please!” And that’s when my experiment began…
I tried planking for 5 minutes a day for a month
The first week was pretty cool. I planked for 20 seconds on the first 2 days, 30 seconds on days 3 and 4 and 40 seconds on day 5.
On days 7 and 8 of my trial I held a plank for 45 seconds. On days 9, 10 and 11, my goal was to do it for at least a minute. And that’s when my confidence started to wane.
On day 14 I planked for 100 seconds and on day 15 it was 110 seconds. My core was shaking like crazy and my eyes were glued to my phone, desperately waiting for the timer to hit zero.
After a bit of a break, I perfected my 2½ minute plank on days 20 and 21, and challenged myself to a 3 minute plank on days 22 and 23. It was at this point in the trial that I noticed the tension that usually builds up after sitting at my desk all day was gone.
On days 27 and 28 I did a 4-minute plank and already noticed that my abs were much stronger than they’d been at the start of the trial. Visually, there wasn’t much of a difference, but I could feel that holding my plank was much more effortless than before.
I didn’t end up with a six-pack, which is a real shame because for some reason I was expecting that. But I definitely feel a lot stronger and healthier. Another thing I’ve noticed is how much my posture has improved.
What really surprised me was how much my mood and general outlook on life has changed. I felt much more confident and determined to not only complete the challenge, but to change my life for the better.
If you’d like to try this experiment for yourself, there are a few things you need to know. Firstly, don’t be afraid of variety. Doing the same thing every day gets a bit boring after a while.
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