Becoming a mother is an incredibly beautiful thing. However, we don’t always feel that way about the tummy fat trying to hang around. That excess skin some of us deal with is definitely something we didn’t want or expect to appear.
No worries, ladies, we’re going to tell you how to ditch that pesky belly fat. There are exercises and techniques that can be practiced before and during a pregnancy that will help prepare your body for the entire experience and for the recovery and rebuilding process.
Let’s talk about the exercises that target the entire belly area. Combine these exercises with a clean and healthy diet, and you’re on the right track.
Burpees are an excellent fat-burning exercise that strengthens the core stomach muscles and increases our metabolism. The effects continue long after the workout is over.
This exercise is another good one for burning calories and increasing our heart rate. Mountain climbers target abdominal, thigh, and buttocks muscles.
Lift & Twist Crunch
Twisting crunches are a simple exercise that targets our core, the oblique, and abdominal muscles. All you need is a soft flat surface.
Your obliques, some abdominal muscles, and lower back will feel the heat of this exercise. Some say this exercise ranges from moderate to experienced in terms of workout experience.
Half Turkish Get Up
The half Turkish get-up works the entire body and is excellent for improving core strength.
Scissor kicks work our core muscles, quads, adductors, and glutes. They’re easy to do, even while the baby naps.
Kettlebell swings are a full-body workout. The main muscles targeted are the glutes, spinal erectors, hamstrings, and upper back muscles. Pregnancy doesn’t only thicken the belly.
Planks are excellent for strengthening our core muscles. This includes supporting our abdominal muscles, spine, trapezius, and rhomboids. It’s another awesome exercise that requires very little other than space and a soft surface.
Low Belly Leg Reach
The lower belly leg reaches targets our lower abdominal muscles. That seems to be where the tummy fat likes to dangle from.
The Spider-Man push-up increases the upper body strength, which is essential for carrying children. They also strengthen our abdominal and oblique muscles.
The only way you’re going to be able to ditch post-pregnancy belly fat is if you DO what it takes. It might be a challenge to bring your body closer to the way it was before the baby. Every exercise listed above is adequate for ensuring lean and toned belly are the results.
If the above exercises aren’t your thing, or they aren’t suitable for your body type, no worries, there are a plethora of options; these are simply our favorites. Remember, preparation is the key, so if you can get a head start on your fitness before the baby is born, do it. Your body will thank you for it!