The joys of motherhood are truly plentiful, but a post-pregnancy belly is not one of them. Getting back to the abs you once had is not out of reach, despite the changes your body has gone through. Give your squishy tummy a run for its money with these five simple core exercises. Your stomach will be back to flat before you know it.
Circle Your Legs Like The Wheels On The Bus
Like on your back, arms at your sides, palms facing down. Bring your right leg up fully extended and point your toes. Breathe in and begin rotating that leg in a large circular motion, keeping your core right and your hips still. Circle around ten times clockwise then ten more counter-clockwise. Repeat with the left leg.
Get On The Yoga Boat
Sit on the floor and bend your knees. Tighten your core while leaning back just a bit and raising your feet off the ground. Your back should be straight and your shins parallel with the floor. Stay in this position for a minimum of 30 seconds. Use your arms for balance if needed by extending them out in front of you.
Toe Tap Your Way To Ab Heaven
Lie on your back with your knees bent and hands at your sides. Now raise your legs and bend your knees to a 90-degree angle. With your abs tight and your knees held in that bent position, lower your left toes to the floor and tap. Bring the left leg back up while your right toes lower to tap the floor. Continue this exercise for at least 30 seconds in a steady motion.
Pelvic Bridges Will Do Your Belly Right
Begin by lying face-up with your knees bent, feet on the floor hip-distance apart. With your core flexed, lift your hips off the ground so your body is making a sort of bridge shape. Hold in that position for a few seconds before returning your hips to the floor. Repeat ten times.
Don’t Forget About Good Ol’ Crunches
Crunches are a tried-and-true ab workout that is easy to do. Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet separated to about hip-distance. Place both hands behind your head, tighten your core, and left your shoulders off the floor. Your elbows should be reaching toward your knees as you lift. Steadily lower back to starting position. Start with at least 25, but gradually increase your numbers as you get stronger.