Tips for Losing Weight After Pregnancy
When you first discovered that you were pregnant, your doctor probably told you to start gaining weight.
Weight gain is a natural part of being pregnant. When you are eating for two, it’s hard not to pack on the pounds. Now that your baby has been born, however, you probably want to start shedding pounds as quickly as possible. You want to get your figure back to its pre-pregnant state. The good news is that this article contains hints to help you get your figure back after having a baby. Try any one of these tips to help you get back to your old size.
The Reverse Curl: Women who have just had babies need to work to strengthen their ab muscles and reverse curls are a great way to do this. For this particular exercise you need to lie down with your knees bent and look at the ceiling. Your feet need to be just above your hips, your arms need to be lying on the floor next to your trunk, your head rests on the floor, your neck is relaxed and, as you breathe in and out, you bring your abs in and lift your hips off of the floor to the same levels as your ribs. Slowly return to the start position and then repeat. Do this 20 times if you can. If you can’t do all 20 right away, work up to it. Then work up to fifty.
This exercise is fantastic for making your abs stronger and getting rid of the hanging gut, not to mention helping your posture and your level of confidence.
Bridge Squeeze: In this exercise, you start out by lying down on the floor on your back while keeping your feet flat on the floor and your knees bent. Put a pillow between your knees and draw your ab muscles in. Take a breath in and then let it back out again while you tighten your posterior muscles and raise your hips to make a straight line with your body. Squeeze the pillow with your knees for two counts and then lower your hips. Do three sets of ten.
Air Bike: This post natal exercise begins with you lying down flat on your back and raising your knees and arms so that the left knee touches the right elbow and the right knee touches the left elbow. Repeat. This is great for burning calories and helps you to strengthen your abs (which is quite important to people who have just given birth). If you do these workouts often enough, you’ll see results in no time at all. You can do this while your new baby takes a nap and you can spread them out throughout the day instead of trying to do all of them in one block of time. Of course, if you do them all at once, or any other exercises for 20-30 minutes three times a week, you’ll lose your weight even faster. So, if you do all of these exercises as often as you are able, you’ll find that you can fit into your pre-pregnancy jeans before you know what has happened.