We may often hear stories of new moms who are able to get their tummies looking tight and flat immediately after birth but let’s be realistic, that’s not the case for most moms. It is common to have a little pregnancy pouch a few months after pregnancy and for some moms; it may take a little longer to regain one’s desired body shape and size.
Instead of complaining that you lost your figure or buy expensive Belly Wraps that don’t work, start making those necessary changes in order to get back to your healthy weight range. Now is the time to get those loose areas tucked and toned by targeting your core abdomens. Integrate workouts that target your abs but including a variety of stomach exercises into our fitness plan.
STEP ONE: Keep it simple.
Start by eating right and exercising for at least 30 minutes a day. Yes, walking count as an exercise! As you slowly start getting into a groove, engage in pelvic floor exercises by gently toning up lower tummy muscles. In order to flatten you tummy, practice simple post-natal abdominal crunches.
Here’s how: Lie on your back with your knees bent and fleet flat against the floor. Lift your head slowly from the floor and pull your abs toward your spine. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Contract your abs in towards your spine, hold for 3 seconds, then release. Practice this exercise throughout the day and you will eventually notice your abs getting stronger.
STEP TWO: Start to engage.
It is essential to work different muscles in order to lose that undesired belly fat after pregnancy. Add cardio into your exercise by getting into a pool and doing easy laps in the water. Swimming is a great exercise that really works your muscles! You may also consider signing up for aerobics classes to trim your tummy fat and ease those aches and pains.
Here’s how: Join a beginner’s yoga class in a nearby fitness center. Practice different poses within your home and stretch all throughout the day. Make a conscious effort to target your abs and add difficulty to your crunches by lifting your feet off the floor during reps and tilting your legs to the side. Adding variation will allow you to work different muscles and help you tone more than your tummy.
STEP THREE: Stick to a goal.
Create a concrete exercise plan by marking workout days into your calendar. No excuses allowed! If you find yourself getting lazy or have trouble focusing, don’t succumb to belly wraps or compression shrinking gadgets, instead hire a fitness trainer or recruit a friend to help you follow-through. If you plan to lose a specific amount of weight, speak to your doctor to set up a healthy exercise plan. Always dedicate a few minutes to stretching before and after each exercise.
Here’s how: Set up an alarm to get an early start to your day. Instead of just exercising for 30 minutes, increase your time to at least 1 hour a day. Look forward to exercising by creating a fun workout playlist or having your favorite Cosmo magazine on hand. Don’t just find time to exercise, make time! Tone your abs by practicing planks and adding strength training into your sessions. Add more intensity and dedicate more time to exercising and getting fit.