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How can I shed the extra flab I gained post delivery?

Q: I am 27 years old and a mother of a 1.5-year-old girl. I was quite slim before my delivery, but post delivery I had put on a lot of weight. With the help of dieting, I reduced my weight to a good extent. I am 5.4 feet tall and now I weigh 64 kg. But still I want to reduce the extra flesh near my waist, thigh, tummy and hands. Also, I have developed a double chin. As I am a working mother, I sometimes find it difficult to find time to exercise. Recently, I have started having back pain, which I believe is due to my faulty posture. The pain has reduced a lot after I corrected my posture. Please suggest me some exercises to shed the extra flab and also advise how frequently I need to exercise.

A:You could take up yoga and other flexibility exercises to help with your circumstances. However, ideally you should be undergoing a comprehensive exercise program that includes some aerobics (like brisk walking / swimming / cycling) and resistance exercises for the whole body (like squats and lunges for the lower body, push-ups for the upper body and abdominal crunches and back extensions for the mid-section). Over time, the skin will tighten over tauter muscles and become firmer. As for your posture, you will need to see an expert who can help you overcome the problem. In the meanwhile, sitting straight and tall, rather than hovering over regular work that you do, can help. Also, follow these guidelines:

  • The head and neck should in line with the rest of the body.
  • The shoulders should be parallel to each other.
  • The shoulder blades should be pulled backwards and in a relaxed position.
  • The abdominal muscles should be tucked in tightly.
  • The hip muscles should pulled in lightly.
  • The hips should be parallel to each other.

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