Day One: CORE strength
Several years ago I participated in a yoga workshop that focused on core strength. We began the weekend with the question, “How do you define your core?” In a room full of yoga instructors, many of our answers were similar: “our abs, our abs and back, glutes, hips and abs, everything except our arms and legs.” Our instructor agreed with all of us but then pushed us to think about our core in a different way, beyond the physical interpretation. What other meanings can we assign to “core?” “Ah-ha”... we all nodded...recognizing where she was going with that thought. So we started throwing out other words and ideas that could represent “core:”
- our center
- our middle
- the center of an apple is called the core
- the nucleus
- the interior
- the heart
- something very important
- something on the inside
We then spent the weekend exploring core strength as it applied not just to the physical yoga poses but also to our lives off of the yoga mat. Needless to say this was pretty powerful and resonated loudly with me!
As I made a plan for this Stronger Than You Think Summer Countdown, I kept coming back to the idea of core strength. If the core is defined simply as the “most important part of something” then that’s where we have to begin. The most important part of YOU seems like the right place to start for our first day of a challenge that focuses on YOUR strength. And like all those yoga instructors in the room with me, I hope you can realize today, tomorrow or at the end of this challenge that core strength or YOUR strength can present itself in many forms....physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and so on.
Day One starts with two tasks, a physical and a mental one.
Physical task: wait for it..... Planks! Yay!
We will begin to build or continue to challenge our physical core strength starting with basic planks today and then progressing them as the weeks progress.
You will see pics here that I've shared before showing different variations of planks. Whether you've worked out already today, have plans to exercise later or need some help getting started..today you are doing a PLANK. Get it done friends.
Beginners: 30 seconds of plank
Experienced: 1 minute or more of plank
Mental task: think about what core strength means to you. Reflect on a time that you demonstrated strength in a non-physical way. Could be in the past..could be something you do now, every day. Take a few moments to truly think about this.
As with all of my challenges, I invite you to post any reflections or comments....or don't post. It is up to you. All I ask is that you complete both of these tasks today.
Have a great day.
You got this.
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