Wednesday, 21 May 2014

A Mama's Abs

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?


8 comments:

  1. Love that you are exercising with your daughter! (what is planking by the way? excuse my ignorance!)

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    1. She won't let me miss a day, even if I wanted to, heehee! Always comes running with the phone (to use as a stopwatch) and says: "Let's plank, Mommy!".

      Planking is laying on your belly, and then lifting your body weight onto your elbows and forearms and toes for as long as you can, with your back and bum parallel to the floor (see the third picture in my post). My record for now is 1.5 minutes, but the idea is to push for a longer time as you get stronger. Tougher than it looks, lol! (My husband also asked me what planking is, but he thought the word is "flanking", heehee!)

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  2. I always forget to do ab exercises, even though I know they're so important! Not so much for the aesthetic benefits, but just in injury prevention and having a strong core. Planking's a great exercise for that!

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    1. I'm just as guilty - I always neglected ab excercises, even though I knew very well that they're so important! But I must say, having had two children, I now kind of see that it's no longer something that I can ignore - my abs need the help, lol!

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  3. Oh the plank- I have to find my "happy place" for that one ;). Have you ever done Russian twists before? Those are another good one. A quick Google search will give you a lot of variations of it. Happy planking! :)

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    1. I think we're all off to our "happy places" during planks, lol! I've done the Russian twists before, but had no idea it was called that... Now I know, and I'll have to give them a try too!

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  4. I plank every other day when I remember. My abs feel tighter but still look the same! Sigh! I keep trying though!

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    1. I'm also just going to keep at it - hopefully the day will come when we will actually see some results instead of just feeling it, lol! In the meantime we'll just enjoy feeling strong :) .

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