The Post-Partum Tummy Routine

September 2, 2009 by  
Filed under Stomach Exercises

Having a baby is a pretty and exciting thing. What's less pretty and exciting, is the additional weight that hangs around the midsection after the baby has been born. The best way to go about shedding this baby belly is proper diet and an exercise routine, which might not always be simple to do for a new homebody mom still reeling from a pregnancy. The good news is that working out and eliminating the additional belly fat will give you more energy, so you can spend more quality time playing with and caring for your new rugrat. Here are a few simple exercises to set your on your way toward baby belly freedom. As with any workout routine, be sure to consult a professional before starting and always heat up properly to avoid injury.

Progressive Crunchless Crunch
This stomach exercise works your abdominals as well as a crunch does, but without the strain to your back and back. Begin by sitting in a chair, placing one hand above and below your belly button to feel the contraction of your abdominals. Take one big breath, so your midsection expands completely. Then let the breath out as you pull your belly in, imagining your belly button being pulled inward toward your backbone. Ultimately , briefly contract your abs five times. Do a full set of repetitions of all 3 parts. You may also try this exercise lying on your back. Try both to find out which one helps you're feeling the contractions of your abdominal muscles better.

This exercise starts off very much the same way as the last one, but involves quicker steps and more repetitions. Begin by sitting in the same position as in the progressive crunchless crunch, and taking the same big breath. This time, instead of bringing your belly all the way back, breathe out and bring it virtually halfway. Then pull your belly button back toward your spine. Contract and hold for a count of one. Repeat from the half-exhalation point. Do the whole thing a hundred times.

Crunchless Crunch
As you can tell from the name, this stomach exercise is very similar to to the 1st. Rather than making some stops as you breathe out a big breath this exercise consists of just one move. To start, either lie or on your stomach or kneel. You may want to try all ways and see which helps you're feeling the exercise better. Relax your body as much as humanly possible, then attempt and use only the lower abdominals to move your belly button toward your spine. Hold for 10 seconds. If holding for 10 seconds feels easy, hold for a longer period. The goal is to hold the contraction till you either cannot feel it, or you're feeling other muscles working harder than the cross abdominus. When you feel this, let the contraction out.

If you start doing these stomach exercises at home in your spare few (very few) minutes, you can lose your baby belly and be fit and trim and just a few months-- nicely in time to start running after Junior once he learns to crawl!

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