The middle of the body is typically a source of frustration and focus for many women. The torso often picks up excess fat quickly and a kind of pouch begins to appear that many battle. The “mommy pouch” is best known among women who have carried their babies to term and stretched the skin and muscles in that region. While some choose to wear stretched skin and flab as beautiful marks of life’s greatest adventure, others are bothered by it. It is the constant bane that countless blogs and exercise programs have attempted to solve.
What if the approach is wrong?
While most programs encourage crunches and special fat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, carb-free or sugar-free diets, many fail to address the underlying problem. The ab muscles have actually started to separate in a condition called diastasis recti within the medical world. And a study from Norway found that a third of moms had this condition after giving birth. This condition can lead to not only an unflattering tummy that makes clothes fit poorly, but it also frequently leads to lower back pain. Occasionally, the abdomen tissue can also be torn from this condition, which may lead to a hernia. And, it is actually worsened by crunches that splay the muscles further apart.
Dia Method, the MuTu System and the Tupler Technique
Instead, a new approach to a fast and effective kind of exercise is being explored that allows the abdomen muscles to realign and reduces the pouch around the tummy area. Some of the exercise programs that are supported by doctors and physical therapists include the Dia Method, the MuTu System and the Tupler Technique.
These exercises for the abs are done in many positions, including: standing, laying down, on all fours or cross legged.
Keeping a tall posture and sucking the belly muscles back towards the spine, the tight position is held for several minutes. The hand is kept over the belly button to ensure that each breath tightens more and does not release the muscles. The actual separation can be felt to close after days of this 10 minute exercise and many women lose inches from their waistline. Classes run 12 weeks and this kind of muscle conditioning is supported by many OB-GYN doctors for during or after pregnancy.