Mummy tummy, mom pooch, jelly belly. No matter what you call it, if you have one, then you know how hard it can be to get rid of. While babies are 110 percent worth every stretch mark and extra flab, wouldn’t it be nice if there was a miracle exercise that could tone that tummy just a little? Well, now there is.
Diastasis recti, the proper term for mummy tummy, is a condition many women suffer from as a result of pregnancy in which the abdominal muscles separate. A recent study found that nearly one-third of moms end up with this condition after birth. The condition causes weakness in the core and can lead to other complications, like back pain.
From surgery to physical therapy and exercise programs of all kinds, there are a lot of different methods that promise to rid you of that belly bump that refuses to go away, but when you’re sleep deprived and surviving on coffee and hilarious parenting memes, who has time or energy for all that? A new exercise developed by a doctor and fitness coach can be done in ten minutes a day and it actually works.
Personal trainer, Leah Keller told NPR, “You can easily expect to see 2 inches off your waist in three weeks of time.” She explained at a recent class in San Francisco, “A doctor at Weill Cornell and I did a study on the exact same program we’re going to do, and we found 100 percent of women achieved full resolution.” In their small study conducted on 63 women, all of them had completely repaired their diastasis recti after 12 weeks of doing the simple exercise just 10 minutes a day.
So what exactly is this easy miracle exercise? As Keller explains to NPR during the class, “The exercise is a very small, very intense movement that’s almost imperceptible.” As the article describes, sitting cross-legged with your hand on your belly, take a deep breath in, fully expanding your stomach. As you exhale, pull your stomach in as far back as possible and hold it. After that take tiny breaths, moving your stomach further as you go. Continue this breathing and holding your stomach in for 10 minutes, moving your position every two minutes including sitting cross-legged, sitting on your knees, standing with your knees bent, on all fours, or laying in your side in the fetal position.
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