When trying to make big changes in your life, it’s important to realize that you get there by making lots of small seemingly insignificant changes instead of major ones. Those who expect the one big thing to wake them up and get them motivated may end up waiting around for years. That’s why I want you to start something small today.
Take losing weight or changing your diet for example. How many years/months/days did you spend doing things that led you to being in the position you’re in? There isn’t a million dollar lotto ticket way to fix that overnight. The body responds to consistent signals telling it repeatedly before it makes adjustments to the system.
So are you in? Let’s get there by hitting something small. Smaller goals being met will help you roll the little snowball into a big rolling boulder by the time you reach the finish line. Whether it’s a fitness or nutrition program that is your vessel, you will be best served starting out with something small that you can guarantee will be done everyday.
That’s why I think you should plank everyday.
No, a plank isn’t the revolutionary world changing answer you might expect. Something like walking everyday is a good option too. So, why the plank?
It’s simple and easy. And starting out, convenience is everything. Did you know that if the gym you have a membership at isn’t on the way to or from work you are less likely to use it consistently? We are creatures of habit, and just like everything else if your gym doesn’t fit into your routine you won’t make it a priority.
For those of you that have questions about how to do a plank or it’s benefits, you can find that in detail here.
Sure, we want exercises that give us the most bang for our buck, but what good are those exercises if you never do them? If you’re struggling to find 30 minutes to workout, what good is a program that asks you to go to the gym to back squat? I want you to succeed the next time you set out to reach a goal, so I’m being honest. It needs to be easy, it needs to be convenient, and it needs to be something you can progress at quickly. We can worry about improving your fitness, losing 20 pounds, or getting 6 pack abs later after we build a better routine.
So, here’s the gameplan.
- Hold a plank position for as long as you can without breaking good form.
- Record your time.
- Then, plank everyday for 14 days straight trying to hold it one second longer than the day previous.
At the end of 14 days, you now have a good habit in place and should be holding that plank for a lot longer than you were. Is that going to change your life? Definitely not. But, it will be one thing you can build on for the next thing. It’s one thing that CAN lead to more.
So cash in on your goals by planking for the next 2 weeks and comment below with your experiences.
For those of you still confused that thought the title meant you will earn money by planking, sorry to disappoint.