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Saturday, June 16, 2012

How to Reduce Fat From A Tummy Post Pregnancy - Burn Abdominal Flab With These 3 Exercises

After having a gorgeous bundle of joy, many of us women are left with the not-so-gorgeous post pregnancy "pouch". This leaves women feeling very frustrated... and maybe even insecure. I've done some research on this and, well, I've also been in that situation. When wanting to reduce fat from a tummy post pregnancy, many women consider fad diets and ways to lose the weight quickly, but that isn't a healthy choice. It is best to mainly focus on 2 things, healthy-eating and exercise. When it comes to exercise, it is a good idea to focus on 2 types: cardiovascular and abdominal exercising, combined. In this article, we will go over 3 great abdominal exercises for you to burn that mommy tummy!

*Important Note: Before beginning any type of physical exercise, please make sure you have your doctor's approval to do so.

1. Elbow Plank. This is a challenging but beneficial exercise to reduce fat from a tummy. Bonus: It also works the back, hips and shoulders! Here's how it's done:

1. Lay on your tummy with forearms and elbows on the floor.

2. Push yourself up, keeping only your forearms/elbows and toes on the floor so that you are in one straight line, from head to toe.

3. Abdominals should be tucked in (towards your spine) and contracted. Make sure your hips aren't way up in the air or sagging towards the floor.

4. Hold. Try to hold for about 20 seconds (if it's less to start, that's okay) and work your way up to 60 seconds.

5. Try for 3 reps.

*Note: If this is too difficult for you in the beginning, try a modified plank by putting your knees on the ground while you do it.

2. Reverse Crunch. This lower abdominal exercise will be good for any of you that may have a bad back and can't do crunches, etc. Here's how you do it:

1. Lay flat on your back, with arms on the floor at your sides, palms down.

2. Bend your knees in towards your chest until they are bent to 90 degrees (feet can be together or crossed).

3. Use your abdominal muscles to pull your hips up off the floor; release.

4. Repeat, doing as many as you can. Try for about 3 sets of 8 reps.

*Note: Focus on using your abdominals to pull your hips up. You don't want to swing your legs and create momentum; that won't work your abdominals effectively. Also, if you want to work your obliques, twist your legs to one side when you raise them. Alternate sides.

3. Bicycle. When wanting to know how to reduce fat from a tummy, the bicycle is an old classic. It is a great abdominal exercise because it works the abdominals as well as the obliques. Here's how to do it:

1. Lay flat on your back, supporting your head with your hands/fingers.

2. Lift shoulder blades off the floor and bring knees into your chest.

3. Straighten one leg (keeping it in the air), twist towards bent knee bringing opposite shoulder (yes, shoulder, not elbow) towards it.

4. Repeat with the other leg/shoulder.

5. Keep alternating.

6. Try for 2 sets of 10 reps and gradually increase as your abdominals strengthen.

Please remember that when thinking about how to reduce fat from your tummy post pregnancy, that you will want to mix the abdominal exercises with cardiovascular exercise. The abdominal exercises alone will not get you a slimmer tummy, they need to be combined with a healthy diet and cardiovascular exercise (which will burn the fat on top of the abdominals). Please also try to have patience with yourself when trying to lose weight, it's okay if it takes time...after all, it took you 9 months to put it on!

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