I've always sucked my stomach in to make it look thinner, so that's a natural thing for me to do, pull in those muscles. But I did pick up a book the other day at the grocery store. It was in the magazine section. I think it's a special publication by Prevention magazine that is all about toning and slimming the abs. It has a bunch of workouts and exercises to help slim your middle section...but it does realistically say that it will take 2 weeks to a month to lose an inch. And it only says up to 8lbs in a month, which is also realistic.
I love it. It has a complete 25-30 min workout using the exercise ball. There are 5 exercises that you do one set, then do a 2 min cardio blast between exercises. It also has a 2 week plan, where you alternate belly workout and cardio, each day, increasing the workout in the 2nd week.
Plus recipes and a bunch of other workouts and tips, etc to lose the belly fat and weight. I'm really wanting to use that belly workout to change up my routine,
I will definitely try the Pilates and the crunchless abs videos here on SP as well.
I've only had one c-section, but my stomach has so much flab, it's kind of gross!
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I love the "crunchless" core exercise on the Spark People site and beginner's Pilates. Just start small and add a little every other day. You will feel your core gaining strength. I hold my stomach muscles in as I stop at red lights and while I am blow drying my hair. It makes me aware of my abs and my posture. Every little bit helps.
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thanks for the question linda.i also have the same problem after 4 c-sections in the last six and a half years.the dr´s have told me though that no amount of exercise will help me and that i will need a tummy tuck but they will only do it when i have lost weight(how often do we hear that line?) ,how does the song go..... does your belly touch your knees,does it wobble when you sneeze....that about say´s it all to me.but having said that exercise can´t harm so i am all for trying one or all the below suggestions.
Pinky, thank you so much for your suggestion. I didn't think just lying on my back and pressing on my knees would do anything, but I can really feel it working. And it's not as easy as it sounds. I can only do 2 times holding for 10 seconds at a time so far, but I'm going to keep at it. I am also going to look into the Pilates video.
Thanks so much for all the support. I knew this would be the place to get the answers I needed.
Hey everyone! My personal recommendation for improving your Core muscles is Pilates. They have definitely helped me improve the strength in my abs. You can pick up a "10 min solutions" pilates video for about $10 at target or walmart. They usually have 5 workouts (upper body, lower body, abs, total body and a stretch routine) and the abdominal ones are totally awesome - and you'll NEVER find yourself doing a traditional crunch.
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Nicole Nicoles (Coach) has a video on sp called Crunchless Core Exercises - might be worth a look?
The other thing which is pretty good is to hold your tummy muscles in (without holding breath!) and get the muscles used to be used again. This will build up strength too. As soon as you do this, it even changes your silhouette! But this can be done driving the car, walking, watching tv. in the bath - literally anywhere!
There is one exercise that a physical therapist taught me and it works, to my surprise. Lay on your back and bend your knees up to a 90 degree angle and push on your legs while resisting the pressure. Another idea might be beginner's pilates. They focus on the core and they have a few videos here on SparkPeople. The good thing is you can do it at home and quit when it gets to be too much and just build from there. Good luck.
My problem is that I have absolutely no muscle tone in my lower abdomen. I had a cesarian section 21 years ago and never got back those muscles. Now I am (finally) trying to get into shape and find I can barely do a crunch. Can anyone suggest beginner exercises I could do to help build those muscles? I am getting very frustrated.
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