I can't perform some of these exercises for now, but once I am fully recovered and up and running from giving birth,
you can bet I'll be doing all of these!
Abs or a six pack won't show overnight.
It's a lengthy process, and we females got the unlucky end of the stick because we're naturally inclined to store weight around our midsection.
I always practice what I preach and my first word of advice to transform your stomach has nothing to do with exercise at all!
The first step you need to take, is to ensure that your diet is proper.
By proper, I mean that the majority of the foods you eat are whole foods. I don't count calories or kilojoules, I just aim to
eat mainly whole foods. Processed food almost always contains additives, fillers, preservatives and added sodium and sugar.
These things of course, negatively affect your waist.
On top of that, another non-exercise related piece of advice is to drink plenty of water.
When you bloat, one potential reason is dehydration. Your body is holding onto every drop of water it can
and it will only settle once it's hydrated again.
I have a previous blog that lists a few alternatives to processed food here.
SPEEDY ABS - EXERCISES
- Plank Till You Can't Anymore
Set yourself up on a yoga mat or comfortable surface so you don't hurt your elbows.
Make sure you plank with perfect form the whole time, and jot down your time.
Try and maintain and beat this time each time you plank and you'll be surprised how effective this simple move is!
- Sit-Ups, 2.0
Change up the usual sit-up by performing it with your feet only slightly off the ground (5cm).
This subtle position change will target your lower abs too- a tricky spot to tackle.
If having your feet low is challenging, you can start higher similar to the picture below.
- Russian Twists with Air
The Russian Twist is a great move that targets your obliques (sides of your core).
With a partner, set yourself up in a Russia Twist position, but rather than moving the ball from side to side,
have your partner throw the ball to you then do one rep of the movement.
The momentum of the ball when you catch it forces you to tighten your core to keep your balance.
- The New Leg Raise
We've all tried lying leg raises before where we lay on our back and slowly bring our legs to the ground,
if you hang off a bar at the gym or a monkey bar, not only is it more challenging, you have to tense your stomach even
more to avoid swinging.