The body experiences tremendous change throughout the course of pregnancy, and one of the most frequent requests from new moms is for exercises to strengthen, and tone up the tummy. The abdominal muscles are designed to stabilize the spine, not to flex it forward. This is why it’s important for everyone, and especially new moms, to focus abdominal training on exercises that promote strength and stability in the mid-section. The best way for a flat stomach is not to do 1000 crunches!
Here are 3 of the best ab exercises new moms can do to get a tight, toned tummy. Now, keep in mind that the exercises here will give you a tight, lean mid-section, but the only way you’re going to see it is by being consistent with your diet.
Exercise #1: The Plank
Planks are a great way to build strength, and stability in the abs. To perform a plank, get down on the floor in push-up position with your feet spread about shoulder width apart, and rest your upper body on your forearms instead of your hands. You want to keep your hips low, and your stomach muscles tight! Make sure you continue to breathe, and keep your head down in a neutral position. Maintain this position for as long as you can without feeling any discomfort in your lower back. Time yourself, and try to work up to being able to hold the position for 1 minute. Perform 2-3 timed sets as a part of your full body workout, and try to add a little time to your planks each week.
Exercise #2: Knees To Elbows
This is another great exercise to tighten up your entire mid-section. Start on the floor in push-up position, with your hands under your shoulders, and your feet shoulder width apart. Begin the exercise by bringing one of your knees up to your elbow on the same side of your body, and squeezing your stomach as you do so. Alternate legs (right knee to right elbow, left knee to left elbow) for a total of 10-20 repetitions. As with the planks, only continue as long as you can without feeling any discomfort in your lower back. Perform 2-3 sets as part of your total body workout 2-3 times a week.
Exercise #3: Moving Planks
This is another great exercise for getting a tight, toned stomach, and is a little more challenging than the other two exercises. To perform the moving plank, begin in push-up position with your hands under your shoulders, and your feet about shoulder width apart. Start by lowering yourself down on the left hand side to your left forearm, then the right hand side to your right forearm, so you are in plank position. From here, push yourself back up into push-up position first with the left hand, then with the right. Now repeat the movement, but start with the right hand side instead of the left. Continue alternating sides as long as you can. Perform this exercise for time, and as with the others, only continue as long as you can without feeling any discomfort in your lower back. Perform 2-3 sets as part of your total body workout 2-3 times a week.