December Plank & Push-up Challenge

Give yourself the gift chiseled arms and abs this year. Ok, these two moves alone may not do it, but they do work multiple muscle groups and help improve overall strength. Rumor has it Gal Gadot did push-ups and planks every day while prepping for Wonder Woman 🙂

Planks strengthen everything from your chest, arms, core muscles, hamstrings to your glutes and promote better posture. Push-ups also target more than one muscle group and joint; meaning you feel the burn from your chest to your obliques. The best part of this challenge? You only need a few minutes each day and virtually no equipment, although a yoga mat is helpful.

Click here for a printable version.

This is a great addition to your 30 minutes of cardio, which I hope you will continue throughout the month of December. You can do this challenge first thing in the morning, at lunch or in the evening before bed. Both exercises can be easily modified by lowering down to your knees for the pushups and  planks to start. You can also perform several sets of  pushups throughout the day as the numbers increase.

Active.com explains several ways to modify the pushup to make it easier or harder. SparkPeople.com has several different plank variations, don’t hesitate to switch it up. Still have questions? Please reach out to me, I’m happy to answer and help anyway I can.

Are you ready to see what you’re made of this holiday season? Don’t forget to ask a friend or family member to join you. I’ll be posting daily on the ‘gram using #plankmas.

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