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After Baby: 5 Quick Ways to Shred Belly Fat

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After having a baby, a lot of women struggle with toning up their mid-section and shedding unwanted fat in their belly. There is a common misconception that sit ups or other abdominal exercises alone will help tone the core.

To the contrary, says Clark Shao, YouTube star and certified personal trainer and fitness nutritionist.

Shao says to lose the most amount of unwanted fat, women should work out the largest muscle groups on the body – the butt and legs rather than doing sit-ups or crunches. While it is true that crunches will help to create lean muscle, it usually will be buried under the fat.

“As you develop your butt and legs these large muscles will need lots of energy to sustain themselves and will seek body fat as fuel,” Shao tells Bellyitch. “You will notice all those trouble areas shrinking (lower belly, love handles, butt, thighs and even the jiggly part on the backs of your arms!) because this is where all the excess fat is stored on the female body.”

Shao recommends trying a quick fitness routine first thing in the morning before you eat breakfast. It will energize you and is give your metabolism a boost that will keep you burning fat all day long. Here are the exercises and reps:

  • 20 Body Weight Squats
  • 20 Plie Squats (wider stance and toes pointed outward)
  • 20 Alternating Jumping Lunges (10 each side)
  • 20 Single Leg Calf Raises (10 each side)
  • 20 Mountain Climbers

1) Body Weight Squats:

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. You can place your hands behind your head. Begin the movement by flexing your knees and hips, sitting back with your hips. Continue down to full depth and quickly reverse the motion until you return to the starting position. As you squat, keep your head and chest up and push your knees out.

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2) Plie Squats:

Move your legs so that they are wider than shoulder width apart from each other with your knees slightly bent. Your toes should be facing out. Slowly bend your knees and lower your legs until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Press mainly with the heel of the foot to bring the body back to the starting position while exhaling.

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3) Alternating Jumping Lunges:

 

Assume a lunge stance position with one foot forward withthe knee bent, and the rear knee nearly touching the ground. Ensure that the front knee is over the midline of the foot. Extending through both legs, jump as high as possible, swinging your arms to gain lift. As you jump as high as you can, switch the position of your legs, moving your front leg to the back and the rear leg to the front. As you land, absorb the impact through the legs by adopting the lunge position, and repeat.

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4) Single Calf Raises:

Stand on a flat surface or get a block, the ball of your foot should be resting on the edge of the block if you have one. Raise the other foot slightly off the floor or hook that foot around the opposite calf. Slowly raise your heel as high as it will go, pause and squeeze, then slowly bring it back down to touch the floor.

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5) Mountain Climbers:

 

Begin in a push-up position, with your weight supported by your hands and toes. Flexing the knee and hip, bring one leg until the knee is approximately under the hip. This will be your starting position. Explosively reverse the positions of your legs, extending the bent leg until the leg is straight and supported by the toe, and bringing the other foot up with the hip and knee flexed. Repeat.

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When you have completed all 5 exercises, this is one round.  Push yourself to see how many rounds of all 5 exercises you can do. If you do this 3-4 times a week, you’ll notice a difference in your energy, mood and body – particularly your belly – after just a few short weeks.  No matter where you start off, you’ll notice you’ll be able to do more as each week passes.

Good luck!

 

VIRAL: UK Orangutan Kisses pregnant Woman’s bump through Glass (VIDEO)

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An orangutan at a UK zoo named Rajang is my kindred spirit. I gravitate towards pregnant women and take notice of them immediately wherever I go, in all social and work settings.

So too does Rajang who kissed the pregnant belly of a 37 weeks expecting mom in a recent YouTube video that has gone viral and is making the media rounds.

The primate can be seen kissing the bump of mum-to-be Maisie Knight twice through the glass enclosure at the Colchester Zoo as Knight pressed her belly against the glass.

Knight’s beau Jay Clarke films the action before the couple uploaded it onto the popular video sharing social media network.

It’s the cutest thing!

Zookeepers say that’s Raj’s thing. He loves to interact with pregnant visitors. So sweet!

See the YouTube video below:

Bellyitch alum Rochelle Humes co-hosts AOL’s first British Web Video Series

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British TV personality and girl band member Rochelle Humes, a Bellyitch alum, launched a 13-episode web series “Being Mum” with co-host TV presenter Tess Daly yesterday, July 13, as part  AOL’s first British web video series.

The Verizon-communications owned American digital media company, well-known for being an Internet and email pioneer, inked a deal with Nestle to exclusively sponsor the online only show.

The program tackles what it’s like to be a mother and features interviews with top British celebrities and personalities. Being Mum will discuss everything form being a working mom, pregnancy, the highs and lows of pregnancy and motherhood, and raising children.

During a special pre-launch episode last week, UK singer Alesha Dixon talked about hiding her pregnancy  for 6 months while taping the show Britain’s Got Talent and having to ignore the baby frantically kicking every time a bell would ring during production.

Another Bellyitch Alum, ex Spice Girl girl band member Emma Bunton was featured in that July 9 special last week.

Each Monday, for the next six months, a new episode will be made available on a dedicated website, via mobile devices, on the AOL On app and set top boxes.  Jade Jagger and Paralympian and London 7/7 bombing survivor Martine Wright are among other future guests.

Nestle will run baby milk, and SMA Nutrition ads around the content and will include an unskippable 30-second pre-roll ad before each episode.

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TV presenter Tess Daly interviews singer Alyesha Dixon

 

“Mums are now more than ever turning to digital and social platforms to find useful, helpful content, supporting them as a mum,” Anne-Luce Guedj, consumer marketing manager at Nestlé Nutrition, said in a press release.”SMA Nutrition’s partnership with Being Mum allows us to integrate our messaging with relevant, original, quality content and deliver an audience at scale across a number of publishing platforms and devices.”

New research from UK YouTube mom community Channel Mum and UK media market research group Kantar Media indicates that young Briitsh moms are open to consuming video content, and millineal moms, especially, “often seek both entertainment and practical help from video content, suggesting there’s a market for brands who can help ‘reassure’ them,” Guedj said.

It will also show on all of the AOL On network sites including The Huffington Post UK, Telegraph Media Group, Trinity Mirror, Local World and TalkTalk. The exclusive sponsorship is for the entire six months.

AOL is also planning another UK series titled “30 Something” with Richard Bacon, which is currently in production.

The future is digital video content and it’s great to  see AOL jump on the opportunity to support content providers that bring messages to the evergreen market of pregnant, new and veteran moms.

*hint hint to anyone who wants to sponsor us for 6 months** lol.

 

VIRAL: After 5 years of infertility, Hubby’s reaction to surprise (VIDEO)

Get ready for some serious tears!

Doug Price’s wife set him up to take a video to enter a trip to Aruba and got a big surprise when she told him that she was finally pregnant after 5 years of struggling with infertility!

“My wife says that she can never surprise me” reads the YouTube video caption “Well she got me pretty good with this one. We were entering a contest to win a trip to Aruba when she decided to tell me the good news, unfortunately we did not win the trip but I still think we got the better end of the deal!

*Sniff* So sweet! Congrats!

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Best Snow Day Announcement: ‘School is Closed’ set to Frozen’s ‘Let it Go’ (VIDEO)

When our kids’ school is out, we get an email or an automated call or perhaps we get the word watching the local news.





Moses Brown High School principal Matt Glendinning of Rhode Island took a creative and fun route by capturing the news in a hilariously funny YouTube video to the very popular Oscar-winning tune “Let it Go” from the blockbuster Disney animated film  Frozen. 

Too funny! Check it out: “School is Closed”:





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TTC: Have your man ditch the Skinny Jeans if you want to become pregnant (VIDEO)

If you are currently trying to conceive a child with a spouse or male partner who wears skinny jeans, you may want to tell him to hang up his tight Levis until you become prego.

Skinnys have been found to raise the risk of nerve compression, which can lead to numb thighs and suppressing his sperm count, says Dr. Drai, a top Board-Certified OBGYN and President of the National Osteopathic Medical Association. 

In one of his entertaining YouTube instructional video series, the practicing physician and Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh teaching faculty member advises women to buy their man a larger slim fit pair of jeans to replace the skinny fit that have been suppressing their boys and causing them not to swim.
Check out a quick vid with the Doc addressing the problem with men and skinny jeans:

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Two must-see Viral Babies Videos – WATCH

Just in time for Father’s Day: If you haven’t already seen this super cute and fun video of a two month old baby enjoying her first laugh with her dad, you haven’t been living…or online. It’s up to nearly 2 million views already on YouTube and counting.

Too fun! Check it out!

And While you’re at it, you will also enjoy this other viral video of a pair of South Korean babies doing a popular dance to the song “I got my eye on you” by Nari & Milani & Christian,  only one kid steals the show obviously. Watch:





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4 YouTube Maternity Fashion Videos to inspire your Style

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Looking for some inspiration on how to dress your bump? YouTube offers wonderful short tutorials and fashion look book, styling tips and more. Here are four videos curated just for you to inspire you this Winter. Happy Styling !
First up, Keisha J from Glam Everything styled one cardigan four ways and shows you how to remix one piece for maximum usage
Cardigan Empire shows how to dress your bump without buying maternity clothes.
This Not Maternity, but the very fashionable The Chic Naturale has THE best video look books and tutorials and in this one, she showcases hot winter 2014 trends, some of which are accessories and can actually be worn by a pregnant woman.
Finally, Cardigan Empire shares some top  maternity brands to explore:

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