I lost sight of my abs some time back in 2010. After I had my first 10-pound baby in 2004, my poor mid-section bounced back eventually (it took about four years). I managed to wear a bikini in the summer of 2009, then I feel pregnant with my second 10-pound baby, who was followed in quick succession by the runt of my litter – a wee 8.5 pound girl.
After that I was cooked. My abs were separated, and everything in that region was flaccid as fuck. Since then, I’ve tried loads of different exercises to try to bring those poor bastards back together, but like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, it was all too much to get over.
That is, until now. About two months ago, I stumbled across this technique online. It was created by a fitness instructor and a doctor, and it is THE SHIT. No kidding. My abs are feeling strong and they are pretty much back together where they belong.
How to do it:
The movement in the exercise is tiny and intense. You shouldn’t really be moving.
- Sit on the floor cross-legged, sit on your knees, stand with your knees slightly bent, get on all fours, or lay on your side in the fetal position.
- Put your hands on your belly.
- Take a big breath and let your belly fully expand.
- Then exhale, sucking in your belly muscles towards your spine, as far back as they’ll go. Hold it.
- Take a series of tiny breaths, pushing your belly back further with each exhalation. The movement in the exercise is tiny and intense. You shouldn’t really be moving.
- Keep this up for 10 minutes a day, changing positions every few minutes. I like to space it out and just do a couple of minutes here and there whenever I think of it.
The key to the success of this exercise is to ensure your back is flat, and keep your fingertips on your belly button so you can feel that you’re squeezing tighter, and the belly button isn’t bulging forward.
And that’s it. Give it a try and holy shitballs, you’ll see results. I haven’t magically turned into Christie Brinkley and I seem to have excess skin in that region that will never leave me, but it’s all a whole lot better than it used to be. And back pain, which has been my constant companion since becoming a mum, has all but gone.
If you want to learn more about where this technique came from and why it works, read about it here.