So last week at the dinner table, my husband and I were asking our kids about their day at school. I look forward to these suppertime chit-chats as you never know what you will hear out of the mouths of babes.
My oldest daughter was excitedly recounting her day and telling us about P.E.
“What did you do during gym class?” my husband asked.
“We did forwards and backwards planks.” My daughter replied, only at the time, we couldn’t really tell what she was saying because she had a mouthful of food. We only heard forwards and backwards something.
“What’s that?” My husband asked.
My daughter proceeded to get out of her chair and demonstrate.
“Planks!” I said.
“How long do you do planks for?”
“40 seconds.” My daughter responded.
“That’s great.” I say.
I’ll admit, I was impressed. Holding a plank for 40 seconds at age 5 is pretty awesome.
Even elementary P.E. class has evolved to modern times. They do yoga too!
Building a strong core has numerous health benefits and planking is a great exercise to do with your children. It can also be fun!
Following our recent gym class discussion, our family has added planking challenge to our bedtime routine.
During our first family plank-a-thon, I got a kick out of how my oldest daughter corrected her sister by telling her, “No mountains, butt down!” My 2-year-old son hasn’t quite mastered the task yet but we are working on it!
If you want to add some laughter to your day mixed with a bit of core strengthening, why not have an impromptu family planking challenge in your house?
Here are a few tips for getting started:
- Be sure to help your kids use the correct form and encourage them to try to hold their planks a little longer each day.
- Time your planks and keep track of your family’s progress with a chart.
- Use the opportunity to talk about how important it is to take care of our bodies.
Have fun and happy planking!
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