After I gave birth, there were parts of my body that bounced right back to normal. But, my stomach just didn’t want to recover. My wardrobe consisted of baggy t-shirts and sweatpants, because I didn’t have the time or willpower to get back my abs. It got to the point that I was very uncomfortable with my own body, and that’s when I decided to change things. These four tips helped me recover my pre-baby abs, and can help you too.
- Simple exercises get the job done
You don’t need a personal trainer or a fancy machine to build your abdominal muscles. Simple exercises get the job done. Stick to the basics: crunches, planks, leg lifts, and bicycles all work well. Forget the ab roller and that weird torture chamber ab contraption you saw on an infomercial.
- Work all of your core, and not just a few muscles
Did you ever wonder why some people have a 6-pack, some have a 4-pack and some just a few well-defined lines? Your abs are made up of multiple muscles- actually, there are 6. Different exercise work different sets of muscles. If you only do crunches, your lower abs are being neglected. If you don’t do bicycles (or any twisting motion exercises) your obliques are being neglected. Be mindful when you workout, and try to cover all of your bases. The four simple exercises in the above tip (crunches, planks, leg lifts, and bicycles) all work different areas of your abs.
- Stick with a routine
If you do ab exercises once a week, you won’t build muscle. Try to find time three times a week to focus on doing an ab circuit. You may not be able to workout at the same time every day, but try to squeeze it into your schedule whenever you can. A good core workout can be as short as 15 minutes, so it can fit into even the craziest of schedules.
- Diet makes a difference
When you’re nursing, the last few pounds can be very hard to lose. And that’s when eating healthy is most important. You could have the strongest core in the world, but if you don’t eat healthy, your abs will be hidden under fat. Although you don’t want to try any crazy fad diets while you’re breastfeeding, you do want to eat right. If you stick to a healthy diet and combine it with a good core workout, you can have great abs.
Hi Everyone! I'm Danielle, and I'm a little bit of a fitness nut. Since having my 1-year old son, working out has been a little more difficult. Between breastfeeding and running around iwth a baby who does not EVER sit still, I've had to learn how to workout a whole new way. Join me on Workout Wednesdays as I share my post-baby workout tips. You can learn how to get (or stay) healthy while you juggle being SuperMom!