I don't know about all you other moms out there, but my abs just aren't the same after two pregnancies. And logically so, I guess... I mean, who wouldn't be different after this...?
|Pregnant with K.|
And then, shortly after that, this...?
|Pregnant with J.|
Don't worry, I realise very well that toned abs aren't important in the bigger scheme of things. There are, after all, things like war and famine going on. That's not what I'm after, anyway. I simply want to make the most of what I have (left) - all the more if it can help
me clock a sub-50 minute 10 k my running.
Two dear friends recently suggested that I started planking and, after finally realising that my post-second-baby abs weren't magically going to shrink back to their old selves (it took a while), I decided to give it a go. So now I'm a planker.
I'm happy to report that, under the watchful eye of my unsparing personal trainer (who loves packing stuff on my back to increase my agony), I've been plankin' for a while now. And I was pleasantly surprised to find that my mama abs can actually still make their presence felt (halloooo, DOMS!) - awesome.
|Plank minutes and treadmill minutes should be grouped into a whole new time unit.|
The bad news: After a week or so of planking, I can officially confirm that planking, just like running and eating a healthy diet, is not a quick fix. It's (at this moment) a 1.5 minute-a-day investment that will hopefully, over time, produce some dividends. Like stronger abs and less running injuries.
In the meantime, though, it provides us with some pretty cool mom-daughter moments.
|"I'm planking, Mommy!".|
I'd say that's a win-win.
Moms out there: Do you plank? Any other tips for making the most of post-pregnancy abs?