Personal trainer and nutritionist, Laura Williams, guides you through the easiest ways to tone up and safely drop a dress size in four easy steps!
It's only natural to have put on a few extra pounds during pregnancy and no doubt you'll want to beat the bulge now your baby has arrived. Sound like an uphill struggle? Not with these common-sense tips that won't interrupt your routine.
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As long as your pregnancy and birth was complication-free, there's no reason why you can't start gently getting back into shape as soon as you feel ready.
Laura Williams, personal trainer and nutritionist
If you were active through your pregnancy and had an uncomplicated birth, you can get started straight away. Before you start, however, do the 'rec-check': a check on your stomach muscle the rectus abdominus, to see if any gaps in the muscle have healed:
If your muscles are getting back to normal, try the following two-in-one exercise that will help strengthen and tone both your abdomen and pelvic floor.
You can then add in another two-in-one move to tighten your tummy and inner thighs.
Toned muscles can help your body burn calories - or increase its metabolic rate. Muscle tissue requires up to nie times more calories to maintain than fat tissue: this means that with a few simple exercises, you can create a lean, mean, calorie burning machine!Try doing two sets of 20 repetitions of the following exercises twice a week:
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