NCAA runner turned high school coach Hillary Kigar has an answer for all things training!
Q: I want to get rid of my baby belly pudge, but I’ve heard that some ab exercises are bad because of how your muscles split during pregnancy. Any advice?
The first step to strengthening your core is to start with the basics. Before your outer abdominal muscles can look toned, the inner ones need to be developed.
Look for core exercises that stabilize your lower back and inner hip muscles in addition to the lower abdominal and pelvic muscles. Avoid speeding through crunch-like movements, and spend more time carefully performing exercises like planks, pelvic tilts, bridges and heel slides.
Be patient and persistent! Your body spent nine hard months preparing for a baby, so it will take some time for it to heal and adapt.
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