– Tips for Fab Abs!
After a(nother) sleepless night with Junior, you’re more fit to drop than fighting fit and your exercise routine is, at best, fits and starts. Read on for Mini-et-Moi’s 5-minute fix it for Fab Abs, as delivered by Poppy Dickinson.
Mum’s Muscular Memory
Set a manageable time to exercise, even ten minutes can help. Keeping up the practice is good, and a little is better than nothing at all. Enjoy your exercise and relax with it! If you don’t like your exercise routine, change it. Feeling happy, relaxed and balanced will allow your body to tone up well.
You may not be fully convinced but muscles have memories. If you work them well, they continue to work outside of your exercise regime. Try incorporating this concept in your daily routine, e.g. use your abs when pushing, lifting and crawling around after Junior. And always think about your posture.
You don’t need a full hour at the gym to work on your posture. (You don’t remember the gym? It’s the one with the excellent crèche. Where you signed a new contract months ago …?)
Neutral Position – Make sure your body is in good alignment: Shoulders relaxed, spine and pelvis in natural position.
Your core consists of shoulders, rib cage, abdominals and pelvis. All must be well placed to tone correctly and efficiently. Think of your core as a central control. Always ensure it is engaged when you are moving. All leg and arm exercises stem from your abs/core, which is your centre of strength.
Breathe well. Abdominals attach to the ribs, so the rib cage movement should be lateral to keep the abdominal wall as flat as possible. Breathe in through nose and out through mouth.
Use both sides of your body equally. e.g. hold that change bag on different shoulders, use your weaker arm/leg for certain movements that you would usually use your stronger side for. This will give you good balance.
Show us your pelvis, Elvis
Pelvic floor work is a must both before and after baby arrives. Simply lifting and releasing the pelvic floor is a good exercise for the lower abdominals too. (Don’t know how to do it? It’s like holding from going to the toilet. Squeeze and release!)
Take your Baby, Gaby
Include the baby in your exercise by moving your body in different ways and directions. Flexion (forward bending), extension (small upper back bending), lateral flexion (side bending) and rotation. A variation of movements is good!