Sit ups Vrs Planking
Years ago when I decided I needed to lose a couple pounds I would start doing sit ups before bed.
Things I didn't know? It's actually not the best exercise for your core.. And an even worse one for your back.
One of the main reasons sit-ups are hard on your back —is that they push your spine against the floor and work your hip flexors, the muscles that run from the thighs to the lumbar vertebrae in the lower back. When your hip flexors are too strong or too tight, they tug on the lower spine, which can create lower back problems! We also sometimes tend to twist just a little coming up from a sit up or lean into our stronger side as we tire.
Planking on the other hand forces your body to distribute the work evenly, and creates much more of a balance between muscles, it also targets more muscles than sit ups or crunches do alone.
Planking targets so many areas In comparison to targeting specific groups like sit ups do! And without the risk of injuring your back!
So why Dont people plank more? - it's hard. I remember trying to do it when I was about 90lbs heavier - spoiler alert I couldn't hold myself up for more than 30seconds in a full plank.. And side planks? Just no. I only started adding them in again recently.. Why? Because if 100 sit ups feels easier than a 60 second plank.. Then the plank is the exercise I need to work on!
Part of my September goals was to tackle splits, pull ups and push ups but I've basically been extending it to any exercise I used to find too difficult and neglected!
Can't plank? - you can just start small and build up! Here's a wee challenge to get you on your way!
Start from there and gradually bring the numbers up! (: