Get Your Sexy (Tummy) Back: 5 Tips to Tone Your Belly Post Baby
After pregnancy so many moms get anxious about their bodies. They want that pre-baby body back in record time. The demands of motherhood require moms to be active once baby arrives. But to get into shape and tone your abdominals and get that sexy belly back it takes some discipline.
5 tips to get your abs toned, strong, and sexy again!
Nix the Sit-ups
Sit-ups and crunches place a ton of strain on your vertebrae, which when combined with a compromised core after pregnancy and birth can lead to potential back problems. Sit-ups are too small a movement to burn any substantial amount of fat. Even thousands of sit-ups each day won’t make a difference.
Focus on Stability First
Everyone should focus on stability-based exercises that strengthen the deeper core muscles before ever attempting anything more dynamic (ie. a sit-up). These muscles are your foundation and if they aren’t well developed, then it’s like building a house on quicksand. Exercises like planks, side planks, and bird dogs are a terrific starting point.
Big Movements Burn Fat
Exercises that incorporate multiple muscle groups are your fat-burning best-friends. The more muscle you involve in your workout, the more energy is required to do the work. As a result, you end up burning more calories!
Some of my favorites include squat presses, kettlebell swings, and lunge walks. They focus specifically on your abs but they are going to burn far more calories than any abdominal exercise you’ll ever do. Plus, because they engage both the upper and lower body, your core is forced into action to stabilize you.
Pump up the Interval Training
Choose your favorite cardio activity and just 2-3 times per week do a 5-15 minute bout of interval training. Interval training involves a series of low-to high-intensity exercise workouts interspersed with rest or relief periods. It activates testosterone production which tells the body to burn fat. You’ll be shocked at how challenging (and effective) this can be. To start sprint for just 10 seconds and recover for 30 seconds. Repeat for just 5 minutes to begin.
Clean Food Doesn’t get Stored as Fat
Focus on removing/limiting wheat, sugar, and dairy and you’ll notice an immediate difference in your appearance in your waistline. Replace with non-glutenous pseudo-grains like quinoa, zero calorie sweeteners like stevia or xylitol, and dairy altneratives like almond milk.
At the same time, focus on eating plenty of fresh veggies, non-sweet fruit (berries, and pears).
Yuri Elkaim is an inspirational nutritionist, fitness expert and author of “Eating for Energy.” He is a former professional soccer player, and served as the head strength, conditioning, and nutrition coach at the University of Toronto. Having fought long battles with eczema, asthma, fatigue, and an autoimmune disease before the age of 17, Yuri decided to seek out the answers to his health questions himself. After launching advanced studies in holistic nutrition, he stumbled upon the power of food-based cleansing, which led him to a miraculous recovery from his ailments. His goal is to now help the nation battle their ailments through nutrition and exercise.
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