🙇 #Phalakasana ↔ #PlankPose on 👉@yogaalignment
#planking with @caligirlgetsfit 👈
👀 Ever been in a bar and overheard a girl say to a guy: My eyes are up here!
And yes, generally speaking, looking forward 😳 is a good idea if you're walking (beware of street poles), driving, (beware of pedestrians), or running (away from cheat meal temptation)! 😆 lol. But if you're planking, the best place for your eyes is actually DOWN THERE!
Because the plank is such a basic and essential exercise, I'm always finding ways to improve upon my form. A lot of people - myself included - have the tendency to want to look forward, lifting the head up rather than keep the spine in neutral looking towards the ground. That's why my top photo is much better than the bottom but not quite perfect (still working on getting better every day right along with you!) Keeping your neck in neutral (not too rounded down or too flexed up) will help a lot with body alignment, making sure your abs and glutes stay firing, and won't hurt your neck and shoulders in the long run.
The "neutral spine," a fancypants way to say "natural position of the spine" happens when all 3 curves: cervical (neck), thoracic (middle) and lumbar (lower) are in good alignment. It's actually the strongest position for our spine because the natural curves help cushion and protect our spine from injury. And don't worry, I didn't make this up to sound smart on the Internet lol, it's something I recently learned in my anatomy classes!
I have a good friend Jess, who's IG handle is @plankingforpizza. I always think of her when I'm planking and that there's a big fat slice of pepperoni on the floor below me (hence keeping me from looking up and my spine in neutral). Because unless Red Bull gave its wings to Round Table, 🍕 pizza won't be flying up in front of you anytime soon!Remember that next time you're planking! LOL!
Wearing: @shopavocado_activewear #pizzaislife #pizzaisbae #caligirlgetsform #plankchallenge #avocadogirl