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Stay calm & plank on

Monday, February 27, 2017

Earlier this year, over 260 TVH employees competed in their first Plank Challenge. Health and Wellness Coach Lucy DelSarto, who was inspired by an employee’s son who was photographed planking while learning to crawl, challenged employees from all TVH Americas locations to hold a plank for a minimum of 15 seconds.

You may be wondering what is a plank and how can it improve my health? A plank is similar to a push-up; however, you hold your body straight as a plank for as long as you can. If you've never tried one, a plank may look too easy to be beneficial, but this is one of the best core exercises to build isometric strength helping to sculpt your waistline and improve your posture.

The Plank Challenge proved to be a great team building activity that can be added to the meeting schedule or break time. It requires no equipment, little space and an easy way to enhance your physical well-being. With participation close to 30% of the TVH workforce, employees were planking in the hallways of the office buildings and on the floor in the warehouses.

The Top Planker with a time of 10 minutes and 9 seconds was held by CEO, Els Thermote. The Top Planking team consisted of TVH Executives: Els Thermote, CEO (10:09), Dirk Von Holt, Vice President of Sales and Marketing (3:00); and Frank Carter, Vice President & General Manager (2:30). Our Leaders certainly lead by example here. Our company average time was 1 minute and 28 seconds.

If you would like to know more about TVH and the Nudge Health and Wellness programs, contact Lucy DelSarto, Health & Wellness Coach for TVH Americas, editorial@mhnetwork.com.

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