It started with one FB challenge and now people everywhere are planking. The challenge is to hold your body in ‘plank pose’ for 20 seconds on day one, building up to 240 seconds by day 28. ‘Plank’ is a yoga pose (think of a pushup held at the ‘up’ phase) and is an isometric exercise which involves contracting your muscles against stationary resistance. Plank pose is used to strengthen the core muscles, as well as arms, shoulders, hamstrings and glutes. I decided to accept the challenge.
Since most post menopausal women lose upper body strength, I expected that my arms and shoulders would feel the effect first. What I didn’t expect was that planking would, literally, be a pain in the butt! After all, I walk/hike every day and when I did the plank pose, I didn’t particularly notice the challenge in my glutes. I did notice it in my shoulders and abs. But by day three (night three actually), the pain in my glutes woke me from sleep and it was clear that my new planking routine was the cause. So, what to do? Read more