There are people that suffer from back pain, but still need to do the necessary exercise to lose belly fat. I’ve had a bad back for some time now and it got worse after I had my son. For a long time I dreaded doing any ab workouts because the 1st thing that came into my mind was sit ups and sit ups to me equals back pain.
Postpartum back pain is lower back pain women suffer from after child birth. Almost 50% of women will suffer from this in the 1st few months after having a baby. If you suffered from this or are suffering from this, you are not alone. However back pain alone is not a reason for you to stop exercising, you just have to avoid the ones that strain your back. Check out these 4 great ab exercises that wont hurt your back.
While doing plank exercise is a great way to strengthen the upper and lower abdominal muscles, they can also help strengthen your and tone your back, shoulders, thighs and butt. Get into a press up position. Bend your elbows and rest them on the floor. Engage your core by sucking your tummy in.
2. Reverse Curl Ups
If you find sit ups difficult like, try the reverse curl ups instead. it is just as effective, but puts less pressure on your back and neck. Lie on the floor with your knees bent your feet flat on the ground. Tighten your Abs as you lift your hips off the floor, pushing your feet towards the ceiling. Pause at the top before returning to the starting position.
3. Bird Dog
The bird dog exercise is a classic core and back exercise. Get into a press up position with knees bent and on the floor and tighten your abnormal muscles. You should be looking at the floor. stretch your left leg behind you while stretching your right hand forward. Hold for 5 seconds and return to starting position and then repeat the exercise the opposite way.
The bridge exercise is a core strengthener and a balance pose. The bridge exercise requires you to move your hips up and down. Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet on the flat on the floor. Raise your hips off the floor and pause at the top then slowly lower your hips back to the floor.