How Strong Are You?

How long can you hold the plank position? Make sure you keep your back flat in a straight line from your head to your heels. Can you hold steady for one minute? Three minutes?

Here is another test. How long can you sit on a wall? Stand about six inches away from the wall. Slowly slide your back down the wall until you are in a sitting position. (Your legs should form right angles). How long can you stay in this sitting position against the wall before your legs start to feel tired? One minute? Five minutes?

How strong are your stomach muscles? How strong are your arms? How many stairs can you climb before you start to feel tired? How is your energy level during the day?

Don’t be discouraged if you find the above exercises difficult. Begin slowly and little by little you will be able to hold the positions for longer periods of time. The ultimate goal is not to be thin. The important thing is to be healthy and strong. It is important to take care of your body. Forget the fad diets and quick weight-loss schemes. Focus instead on making a healthy lifestyle change. Eat foods that will give you energy, strengthen your muscles and feed your brain.

Take time this week to think of ways you can alter your routine to create a healthier lifestyle. Don’t commit to a new strict diet or a vigorous exercise program that will be difficult to maintain. Concentrate on the small changes that will last a lifetime. Get outside and start walking. Take the stairs. Strengthen your arms, legs and heart. Try a couple of push-ups every day or try sitting on the wall for a few seconds. Every day you will be able to progress a little bit further. Spend time focusing on your health. You deserve the extra attention.

Listen to your body. Relax and make time for the people and things that are important in your life. Make time for chocolate.

Following is a video showing the correct form for the plank position