Cat and Cow – Abdominal Strengthener
Fitness tip by Jackie Scorzetti
This exercise is a simple and effective way to target the transverse abdominis, which are the muscles that run horizontally like a belt, and help define and maintain the feminine curve of your waistline. Keeping these muscles toned now will reduce your body-back time after baby comes. It can also be used to ease minor back pain during pregnancy and even during labor.
How to Do It:
Start on hands and knees with wrists directly under your shoulders and knees directly under your knees (Fig A). Inhaling, drop your belly towards the floor and lift the chest, curling the tailbone up towards the ceiling (Fig B). Exhaling, drop your head, round your spine and contract your abdominals. Expel as much air from your lungs as you can (Fig C). Inhale back to starting position.
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