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5 fast and focused tips to tame tummy fat

Post pregnancy weight loss can often feel like a challenging task, and for those of us with a long list of daily responsibilities, trying to find time to do hours of vigorous exercise can be overwhelming.

Our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is great for mums wanting to tone their tummy as there are over 350 convenient exercises that take under 30 minutes to complete!

Here are five top exercise tips you can follow to help ditch your tummy fat from our lovely mum Leah Romiti!

Leah Romiti 10kgs Oct16

 

Here are 5  fast and focused tummy taming tips

1. Listen to your body

It takes time for the body to adjust after birth and like so many changes during pregnancy, it is important to allow time to help your organs move back into place and the muscles and ligaments to regain their strength.

If your body is tired when you are working out, do what you can and allow your body the rest it needs to come back stronger the next day. Always build exercise intensity over time and slowly increase your time and endurance. If you need rest, don’t be afraid to take it!

2. Stick to a routine, even if it’s just 5 minutes

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Leah working out with her son

Studies show that people who have routines are more likely to succeed at their goals than those who don’t. Whether it is morning or night, successful people have consistency when it comes to their daily activities and they stick to their daily schedule of activities that supports their long term goal.

Science shows us that simply working out for between 5-15 minutes can have a huge impact on your mind and body. So don’t worry if you’re just starting out, every little bit counts!

3. Start with the pelvic floor

When we think of the tummy area, our mind often immediately wanders to the glorious six-pack picture on our Pinterest board. However, building back the core after birth is much about targeting those deeper abdominals.

A core workout can be effective without going too hardcore on the outer muscles of the abdomen. Begin with slow and controlled movements that engage the pelvic floor muscles and the transverse abdominus, the deeper core muscles. This will help to create the base strength your body requires to help with posture, strength, alignment and organ function before moving onto faster, more functional exercises.

4. Pump it up

tummy taming exercises

Cardiovascular activity is just as important for fat burning as resistance exercises. Ensure you include exercises that get the heart pumping in your workout.

The 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge exercises combine both high intensity and higher resistance exercises along with deep pelvic floor and controlled abdominal exercises. The beauty of these workouts is they are short and sweet and can be performed anywhere, anytime.

5. Calm your mind

Many studies are now showing a causal link between stress and belly fat. Cortisol, the fight-flight hormone increases in response to stress in daily life. It is also known for being a culprit in increasing the number of fat stores in the belly area. Reducing cortisol can be a simple task through the use of stress relieving activities.

To help reduce stress, ensure you are getting enough sleep, schedule even a short period of time in your week to do something you love and take some time out in nature or in relaxation/meditation to consciously calm the mind. Even simply taking your workout outdoors will help to reduce the stress that may be associated with cortisol and belly fat.

Ditch your tummy fat on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge!

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The Healthy Mummy exists to help tired, busy mums like you SHIFT THE BABY WEIGHT and REACH YOUR GOAL WEIGHT.

The 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is an affordable, breastfeeding-friendly and realistic program that helps mums tackle their diet and improve their overall health through weekly (and customisable) meal plans, at-home exercises and 24/7 social support.

Our Challenge entails:

  • 28 days of at home exercise routines (no gym needed) – with video instruction
  • Customisable and breastfeeding friendly meal plans
  • Time-efficient exercises for busy mums – under 30 mins
  • Challenge combines Pilates exercises with interval and circuit training (HIIT)
  • Suitable for basic to advanced fitness levels
  • Home to thousands of EASY-TO-MAKE recipes!

To find out more on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge click here.

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Marissa

Marissa is an experienced personal trainer with expert knowledge in fitness and in nutrition. She is passionate about helping mums to exercise, stay motivated and achieve a strong and healthy body post pregnancy. Marissa has been part of the Healthy Mummy team of experts since 2014. She has been providing expert advice to the team developing Healthy Mummy specific exercises as well as helping to develop the exercises for our 28 Day Weight Loss challenges. She has also written many informative fitness related posts for the The Healthy Mummy blog.

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