Celebrity mom and Jessica Simpson’s younger sister, Ashlee, once said that, “Being pregnant was the healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. Except for the cupcakes.” Unfortunately, for most women who have to figure out their nutrition and dietary needs all by themselves throughout their pregnancy, the being “healthy” part does not immediately fade after delivery.
Get ready for a serious body transformation
We have seen some miraculous body transformations in Hollywood. One of the most watched post-pregnancy body come back was Kim Kardashian’s —and, no, dearest, she did not just do it once but twice! The first time that she bounced back was after she delivered her and husband, Kanye West’s, first child, Northwest. Just last year, the entire world of social media witnessed Kim’s tough workouts and how she motivated herself to go back to her pre-baby weight: 120 lbs. and a 26-inch waist.
Ha! If she can do it, you can do it too. Listed below are 6 stomach exercises after pregnancy that you can do to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight too. Here are Kim K’s secrets:
You seriously didn’t expect this stomach exercise list to just include ab workout exercise, did you? Come on, get real. If your goal is to trim your stomach, you got to do an overhaul. That means, intense cardiovascular workouts are a must, not an option.
The face-down and sideways planks seriously strengthen your core, back, legs and thighs. Think planking is a joke? You can try doing one for at least 60 seconds. Then, come back to us and tell us it really isn’t an exercise. Planking applies stress and tension on your muscles which causes these to firm up. After several repetitions of planking, you feel it working because your body will ache.
Being able to support your body is an ideal way to trim that belly and waistline. If you cannot do push ups yet, try the pose where your knees are bent. Then, slowly move to support your body with just your arms and toes pointed to the floor.
Jumping up and down, either on a trampoline, with jump ropes, or simply doing jumping jacks is one of the best ways to strengthen and trim your core. When jumping becomes too easy for you, add stress and tension to your workout by alternating between standing, chest down and reaching for the ceiling. Do this fast and repeatedly until you’re out of breath.
Target those flabs. Start with full and side leg raises. Then, curl up those abs to the front then to both sides. Just make sure that you’re not stressing your neck when you do your ab exercises.
Endurance, speed and resistance — these are the three body benefits that boxing can offer to a post-pregnancy body. It combines cardio, arm and thigh movements, and it is a sport that you can enjoy too.
Other tips to get a flatter stomach after pregnancy
Apart from the above mentioned stomach exercises after pregnancy, you might also want to consider the following ways to hasten your weight loss program:
- Decide on a goal and build a plan around it. You cannot just vaguely aim to lose weight. Be specific: how many pounds are you targeting to lose? How many inches are you planning to trim. These goals make it easy for you to track your progress and evaluate from time-to-time to
- Eat balanced meals. Never skip any food group. Eat more veggies and fruits, less of the protein and just a little bit of fat. Skip the sweets until you’ve reached your weight loss goal.
- Keep physically active. Beyond your workout sessions, keep walking and keep moving. Do anything except lie or sit around. Be busy as a bee.
- Don’t lose out on sleep. Lack of sleep causes you to have unhealthy cravings outside of the normal hours when you should be eating. Sleeplessness causes your body’s metabolism to slowdown as it drives up your appetite. It is our body’s normal reaction to makeup for lack of sleep.
- Get the most out of weight loss treatments. If you have extra resources to spend, check out weigh loss clinic-based weight loss procedures like body sculpting and cryotherapy.
Think you got the guts to make it happen? Of course, you do. Now, get moving!