It is a perfectly natural phenomenon to gain weight during pregnancy and most expectant mothers typically do. However, it is every woman’s wish after pregnancy to return to the physique and level of fitness pre pregnancy. While exercising is one of the most crucial factors in losing those extra bits of pounds you added during those days, it is equally important to have a healthy diet and lifestyle in your journey to lose weight. Most women find that losing stomach fat is the most challenging. Here are some of the most basic exercises that you can do in order to lose stomach fat.
While there are plenty of exercises for the stomach that you can do, post pregnancy body to the stomach and the body can slightly differ, especially depending on various fitness levels and personal health. Exercising soon after a pregnancy can be quite a daunting task especially for new mothers who have to deal with the stressors and time constraints of having a new baby. However, if you manage to make the transition to working out slowly and increasing the intensity of the work outs gradually, it is completely healthy and safe to do. The best part of doing some of these exercises is that you can do most of them in the comfort of your home. ‘Pelvic tilts’ are great to strengthen the abdominal muscles slowly and effectively without putting too much strain. This is done by lying on the floor on your back with your knees bent. Next tighten your stomach muscles and lift your pelvis slight off the ground; holding it up for about 110 seconds. Repeat this exercise five times with 10 to 20 repetitions.
One of the most effective ways to lose post pregnancy belly is to do crunches. This tends to be a bit more challenging than tilts so as you begin to feel confident exercising, you can move to crunches as these can help you further strengthen your abdominal walls and core to burn belly fat. This is done by lying on the floor on your back and having your hands touch your temples lightly to push your upper body and lift towards your bent knees. Make sure to lift yourself only using your abdominal muscles and to exhale as you life yourself. Then return to the original position of lying down on the floor while inhaling deeply.
Sit ups and exercises such as planks are free standing exercises which can be done at home. Once you are confident with doing a few crunches, the next step is to do sit ups. Lie on the floor on your back on the floor with your feet secured under something firm. Then lift your upper body off of the floor and sit up, maintaining a good posture throughout. Lower yourself to the original position and repeat.