Who doesn’t want to BLAST that belly fat?? But it’s not only about looking great – strong stomach and torso muscles support your spine and hips as well as maintain good posture!
As part of the Healthy Mummy fitness workouts that are available on the Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge App, we include specific exercises that assist in creating a stronger core to prevent back and hip pain, tone your belly and help your overall balance and well being.
Check out these 6 top exercises to work your core and blast belly fat.
EXERCISE 1: PLANKS
Start with a push-up position, but resting on your elbows. This is a static hold.
If you feel any pain in your lower back, then please come down from your toes to your knees
Tuck your tailbone under. Hold for 30 seconds
EXERCISE 2: ABDOMINAL BICYCLE CRUNCHES
Abdominal Bicycle Crunches
Lie flat on your back with legs raised to a 90-degree angle at the hips. Place your hands at your ears with your elbows open. Exhale as you rotate from the waist. , taking the shoulder across to the knee. Tuck your chin down towards your chest, pretending you have a peach under your chin. Scoop the belly while extending the opposite leg straight out from the hip joint. Breathe deeply at all times. Continue to alternate each side for 30 seconds.
Option to increase the intensity is to hold the movement on each side for 3 counts and slow down the movement.
Make sure the abdominals are working and keep the neck in line with the spine. Be conscious to rotate at the rib cage with a full range of motion, and switch on the tummy muscle, not the hip or neck muscle.
EXERCISE 3: TOE TAPS
Lie on your back with your legs straight up towards the ceiling. Support your head with one hand, then abdominal crunch up towards your legs, reaching up with the other hand towards your toes. Do 15 reps on each side.
To make this exercise more difficult, just reach higher to touch your toes, and move your legs slightly away from your torso. Keep your whole back touching the ground. Or go faster with the movement to increase the intensity to burn more calories.
Ensure that you carefully support your head at all times.
EXERCISE 4: MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS
Start in a push-up starting position. Keeping your spine straight, bring alternate knees in towards the chest as fast or slow as you feel is safe and comfortable for you. Continue for 30 seconds, alternating.
Try not to forfeit the integrity of the spine for speed.
Focus on good core control.
EXERCISE 5: KNEE TUCK
Lie on your back, resting on your elbows like you are on the grass watching your child. Tuck your knees into your chest and slowly extend them out towards the sky in a slightly diagonal position. Maintain core connection. repeat 10 times.
To make this exercise easier, do not extend your legs too far, just keep doing small knee tucks activating your tummy muscles carefully.
Make sure you have a very straight back and lengthen your spine as much as possible. Ensure you move slowly to work your core more, while supporting your back posture.
EXERCISE 6: SIDE OBLIQUE CRUNCHES
Side Oblique Crunches
Lie on your side, then elevate your whole body off the ground, resting on your elbow. Lower back down. Do 15 reps on each side.
To make this exercise easier, bend the bottom knee to make the plank easier, or an advanced option is to lift the top leg straight up towards the ceiling.
Ensure your body is in the shape of a capital T. with arms straight and the rest of your body in a straight line. Maintain spine alignment reduce the potential for injuries.
Real mums who’ve lost the belly fat
Lauren Has Lost Over 46kgs
Lauren says,“If you’re just starting out on your journey, I’d highly recommend starting with a 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges. It’s such a great way to learn about healthy eating and exercise.”
I love my daily Healthy Mummy smoothie and exercising with my two very active boys aged 2 & 3 years. I’m forever grateful to The Healthy Mummy for giving me a life that is a healthy one and a sustainable one too!!”
Renee says, “At times I feel as though progress is slow. But in hindsight, 17 months is such a short amount of time in the grand scheme of things, considering that I lived every single day as an obese young woman for well over a decade.”
“The Healthy Mummy is just a part of my everyday life, I live and breathe it every minute of the day.
This weight loss journey has been so much more than me losing 46kgs*. The Healthy Mummy has given me the ability to make better choices for myself and my 7 year old son.”
Elle has lost 20kgs
“I have lost 25kg in just over a year following the Healthy Mummy lifestyle, but so much for me has changed, much more than just my weight.
From the age of 11, I always wanted long skinny legs – just like the models I saw on Fashion TV. I always HATED my chunky thighs. As I’ve lost weight and gained more confidence I now have learnt to embrace my legs. They are strong and I work them hard to look toned.
I have accepted I will never have gorgeous long skinny legs. But I will try to look the best I possibly can without compromising my health. Loving your body and nurturing it, finding your strengths is a BIG thing.”
Cicily says,“Now I’m feeling so happy in myself, full of energy, confidence is back and excelling. I’m just so darn ME! I feel like I can finally be myself, like I was being held back and didn’t even realise it! Healthy Mummy you are my rock! Trust in the plans. They’ve changed my life forever!”
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