Fitness Expert Liz Stuart shows new mums how to tone up the lower abdominal area in the comfort of their own home.
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Liz Stuart: Hi! I'm Liz Stuart and welcome to your Post-natal workout. We're going to be spending about five minutes today, working our abdominal muscles. And we're going to be working the area below our belly button; it's soft and quite hard to tone up. Before we work our stomach, what I want you to do is just check the separation between the stomach muscles because there is a gap between that and that get's bigger as a baby girl is inside you that the stomach separates basically to accommodate, if you're having baby. So we're just going to check that gap now and I'll show you how to do it. So just lie back, knees bend, feet flat on the floor just put your first two fingers above your belly button, alright and tighten up the stomach muscles and breathe in, as you breathe out, lift just the head and shoulders off the floor and you will feel the whole of the stomach close around your fingers. Well, that's what you should feel. Now, if that gap is more than two finger widths apart, then do this next exercise, just perform the warm up. Alright, so let's do the exercise. We'll just start by warming up, I want to just lengthen, and then bring that ago, down and up. One more, and up, and bring that one down, out, and up. Okay, we just do about of these on each, now if you just do have a separation between your tummy muscles; this is quite a safe exercise to do. One more, and now let's bring both legs up and you can either have your ankles crossed, or just your feet side by side whatever you prefer, and just have your feet flat. We're just imagining, we're pushing the ceiling up with our feet and it's a very small movement, if you see my bottom, it only comes of a little bit, Its not a swinging movement that isn't what we're aiming for, its just a gentle push shake. And if you do need to apply a little bit of pressure through your hands to make the movement easier then just do so. I want you to feel the work being done by those lower abdominal muscles, eight, nine, ten and eleven, and 12 and rest. Just bring the knees into your chest, breathe in and out. Let's do another set, one, two, now its important that you indispose your toning exercises with regular cardio vascular activity, so that can be things and like just pushing your pram really fast around the park, you imagine that you need to get your baby home to feed them or to change their nappy or something and that really help you get pace up and you want to be aiming to get quite breathless while you're walking. And you can even indispose out with spots of jogging as well, keep going. You don't want to swing this, you just want to keep a control for pushing up just do what you feel up to, but make sure you're getting breathless and feel like you're working out and just two more, and one. Well done. And just bring those knees in, good deep breathe in, and out. So you worked the lower part of your stomach that's a really difficult part worked beneath your belly button. So, you should feel like you've got a stronger stomach now and a strong stomach where it'll help you to keep your back strong as well, and of course, has all very important, when you recently had a baby, so well done. Give yourself a clap and see you next time.