Fitness Expert Liz Stuart shows new mums how to tone up the abdominal area in the comfort of their own home.
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Liz Stuart: Hi! I'm Liz Stuart and welcome to today's post-natal workout. This is Flint, who is going to be working out along side us. We're going to be working our stomach muscles today, which is an area of our body that we would always like it to be a bit flatter. Now, I know after I had my baby Ezra then my stomach was just like jelly, after I had him. So, it's really, really keen to turn my stomach muscles up again. So the exercise that we're going to do is very safe, but what I need you to do first of all is just check the separation between the muscles at the front of your stomach because when you're pregnant, the muscles split apart to accommodate the size of the growing baby. Now they take roughly 6 to 12 weeks to fuse back together, but it can't vary. So, best is to check first of all. Alright, so lying on the floor with knees bent and feet flat, just put your first two fingers above your belly button. Alright and tighten up the stomach muscles and breathe in, and as you breathe out, you just lift your lift your head and shoulders off the floor. Now what you're aiming to feel is the two sides of the stomach closer but towards your fingers. Now, if I've got this more than two finger widths apart, then don't do this next exercise, you can just do some straightening and bending of the legs, which is a very safe alternative because if you do the head and shoulders off the floor exercise, which is what we're going to do, it'll make that separation even more between your stomach muscles, okay. And if you're not too sure about that separation, you can always have a word with your health visitor or doctor. And you're going to work your tummy as well and you Flint. Okay. So, we're just going to do the version that everybody is able to do together. So, just lying on the floor and just lengthen and then straighten the legs alternating between left to right. We'll do six on each leg and two. Now breathe out as you straighten the leg and in as you bring the knee back in, it doesn't look right very much is happening, but if you put your hand on your stomach, you can feel a contraction. Let's just do one more on each leg, okay and now straighten both legs out and then bring the knees up and out and down and again breathing in as you bring the knee up, out as it comes down and again. So, just think of toning up those stomach muscles and one more on each leg, lovely. Okay. Now your baby can do this exercise with you. Okay. So just pop him on your lap and you can give him a big smile as he come up, okay. So, breathe in and as you breathe out, lift your head and shoulders off the floor and two. So, we're going to do 12 of these, so like I said before, if you had to gap that more than two fingers widths between the stomach wall and don't do this exercise because it'll make the separation between your stomach even greater. Now, after you had a baby, you are really, really keen to tone up our stomach, but don't rush things, you just don't want to cause any damage to those muscles; you can end up then with a pot belly, which totally defeat the object and you know the three and two and one and relax and give your baby a tickle. Okay and let's do another set and one. Now, if don't have your baby on your lap, you can just have your hands on your legs and just push your hands up towards your knee as you come up three and four, you have your good look around five, six, seven, eight, and nine, ten and 11 and 12 and well done and well done Flint. Okay, and just sit up. Let's put him back down on the floor, okay and you can do more sets of those throughout the day if you want to, but let your stomach muscles well done and get yourselves squat well done and see you next time.