Proof that I had pretty OK abs (I'm on the right). Of course I'm pretty sure I was about 12-15 lbs lighter. This was 2002 - wow - time flies, dressed for an 80's party.
Shari, Lisa, Me
We sang Karaoke that night, "We are Family", damn I miss my 30's!!
Back to Ab Month:
It's February! That can mean many things, but for now, it means that it's "National Ab Month!" Just what is this fictional celebration of the abdominal muscles??
In 2004, a group of runner friends decided to make February "National Ab Month." Of course, just how "national" it is could be called into question. The idea was to take the shortest month of the year and vow to do some kind of ab work every day until March. There were all kinds of motives: strengthening the core for that spring marathon, looking good for vacation, seeing just how many crunches could be done in 28 days, etc. Whatever the reason, it has always proved to be worthwhile in terms of fitness and challenge.
So how does it work? Simple: just do some ab work each day throughout the month of February and set your sights on the rock-hard stomach you'll be sporting in March!
If you're sold on the idea and want to participate in the 9th Annual National Ab Month, here are a few ideas to get you started.
* Explore isolation exercises such as the bridge position (like the plank), the boat pose, and the side bridge. Hold each for 10-60 seconds.
I love a good and easy challenge. I think as runners we are our biggest competitors. With my foot being cranky, this will keep me doing something every day and keeping my core strong.
I have a few challenges doing ab work every day. First, my vacations/races. I'm not too worried about my snowmobiling trip but when I drive down to Arizona for the Del Sol Ragnar it's going to be interesting to get ab work done while being in a van for basically 4 days.