After you have a baby, getting back your core strength should be top priority when it comes to exercising. Just about every activity you do in your daily life involves core strength. Without it, you could end up injuring yourself. Fortunately, there are tons of exercises that you can do to try and build your core up. But, no matter what exercises you do for your abs, there are a few tips that can help you get the most out of your routine.
- Be Mindful
Sure, crunches seem simple and easy. You don’t really have to think while you do crunches, do you? You should think about it if you want them to be effective. It’s very easy to cheat yourself and use the wrong set of muscles. As you perform any ab exercise, focus on using your core and only your core.
Common cheats for sit-ups or crunches include using your arms to get momentum, moving your knees as you crunch up, and only coming up halfway. You may not even realize you’re cheating until you start paying more attention during your workout.
- Change It Up
You don’t have to do the same ab workout every day. In fact, it’s better if you don’t. Your body gets used to certain workouts and your strength plateaus. So when you do 200 crunches every night before bed, try something new one night. Your body will thank you for it.
- Get Creative
Even if you don’t have free weights in your home, you can get creative with your ab workouts. Is there a medicine ball in the garage? Use it to do ab twists. A gallon of unopened paint in the closet? Stand up straight, hold it in one hand, and work your obliques one side at a time.
You can even use your baby to do your abs. Holding your little one to your chest tightly, do sit-ups. Or, lay him on your belly while you lay flat on the ground and hold your feet three inches off the floor.Whatever ab workout you decide to do, be sure to make the most of it. Just remember: every little bit counts.