Have you ever tried a plank pose in yoga? It’s not easy, at least for me. The plank pose, when done correctly, is extremely beneficial to the whole body. It strengthens muscles in the legs, back, core, arms and shoulders. The beauty of the plank pose is that it only takes a minute to do and can be done virtually anywhere, even leaning against a wall. Would you plank for a minute every day for better health and mental focus?
Well, here is your chance to get creative. On March 1, the Montclair YMCA launched a campaign to get more people to do a plank pose regularly. Called “Promise to Plank“, the campaign will be promoted throughout the local towns of Essex County that are supported by the Montclair branch.
The campaign objective is to promote a healthy lifestyle for both kids and adults as well as making time for a simple yet effective exercise. The program’s leaders are looking to gather as many pictures and names of people doing plank as possible. The greatest incentive to participate is simply being included in the wall of fame and count of people participating. Additionally, the plank team will be looking for: Most Creative Plank, Longest Plank, Most Interesting Place to Plank, Best Family Plank and Plank with your Pet to name a few. The campaign will conclude with Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 16.
To participate, get more information, or submit your plank photos, please call Paul Mickiewicz at (973) 415-6111 or e-mail him. You can also share your plank experiences on the YMCA’s Promise to Plank blog. Looking for creative ways and places to plank, try www.worldplank.com.
Photos by Fred Goode.