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Four Simple Exercises to Keep Your Belly Flat After Liposuction

By Jaime Perez on March 04, 2014

Most liposuction Tampa patients know what it takes to maintain a flat abdominal section. Still plenty are left to believe that after liposuction there is no need for exercising. There is no denying that liposuction will eliminate the unwanted fat from multiple problem areas that diet and exercise fail to achieve, but this body contouring procedure will not remove the need for a healthy exercise regimen to maintain results. With warm weather approaching in the next few months we know it is not easy for anyone to achieve the toned look you always wanted, but after liposuction your body can achieve that lean and sculpted look you wanted by following some simple core workouts.

Exercise is one of the key roles in maintaining liposuction results. After liposuction Tampa patient is allowed to resume physical activities, you can gradually increase toning exercises. Generally, this is about two to three weeks post-operation, but it is important for the body to heal for the best surgical results. Once 6 weeks have passed, most liposuction patients feel comfortable enough to endure strenuous exercises. To keep fat off the abdominals you will need to consistently follow a routine of cardio and abdominal exercises.

The best forms of cardio exercises are running, cycling, swimming and aerobics, but the following are the four simple abdominal exercises everyone should include in their workout routine after liposuction:

Stability Ball Crunch

The stability ball crunch is a variation of the traditional crunch, which utilizes the cushioning of a stability ball. Lie with your back on the ball and bend the knees at a 90-degree angle and with your feet apart and planted, lift your body up until your upper back is off the ball. Slowly lower yourself down and repeat for 10 repetitions.  

Front Plank

The plank has a number of variations that target different areas of the abdominals. To target the front abs, you balance yourself on your forearms in a push-up position. You then hold your body on your forearms and toes, while squeezing the core. Hold the position for 20 seconds and increase the time as strength progresses.

Russian Twist

The Russian twist is an exercise that targets your front abdominals and obliques in one routine. Sit straight up with your feet flat on the floor and hold a medicine ball straight out in front of you. While fully extended, squeeze your abs and slowly twist from left to right. Repeat this for 10 reps on each side and increase the weight of the medicine ball as you wish.

Bicycle Crunch

The bicycle crunch is the most effective abdominal exercise for individual’s core. A comprehensive study from San Diego State University measured muscle activation of the 13 most common exercises. Using electromyography (EMG), researchers found the bicycle crunch to be the best all-around exercise to engage the three main muscle groups – rectus abdominis, external obliques, and internal obliques.

To execute the exercise you lie flat on the floor with your lower back pressed to the ground. Gently lift your head with your hands to your knees while moving your legs in a bicycle pedaling motion. As you lift your head, your right elbow should attempt to touch the opposite knee as you lift it towards your chest. Alternately touch your elbows to the opposite knees as your body twists back and forth.

Following these core exercises will help flatten your belly before and after liposuction. If you are within reach of your weight loss goal and want flat abdominals before the summer rolls in, feel free to call and make an appointment with Dr. Perez for liposuction.

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