I LOVE planks! Amazing exercise to strengthen the core and upper and lower body. And, all you need is YOU, and a little self motivation 😉
However, it is important that you make sure that your body is ready for planks whether you are pregnant, or postpartum.
A few things to keep in mind when it comes to planks:
- Do you have diastisis recti? Do you have diastisis recti and are pregnant? Best to steer clear of the plank until you resolve this issue and restore your core.
- Are you able to activate your deep core muscles? This is important to master prior to planking.
- Do you feel pain in your lower back more than anything while you are planking? Best to do simpler exercises first to activate that lower, deep core area prior to planking.
- Do you notice “coning” in your belly while planking? If so, it is important that you avoid planking to prevent further damage to core and potentially your lower back.
Be a smart planker! Restore that core before you plank!
Kelly, S & O xo