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What exercise should I do to flatten my tummy if diastasis?

What exercise should I do to flatten my tummy if diastasis?

Planks: Try planks. You hold yourself as if you were going to do push ups but don't go down. Hold as long as you can, then you can work on side planks to define the obliques. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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Is tummy tuck or liposuction the only good way to flatten ab area or is it possible to achieve a good cosmetic result through diet and exercise alone?

Is tummy tuck or liposuction the only good way to flatten ab area or is it possible to achieve a good cosmetic result through diet and exercise alone?

Depends: If what you have is a little extra fat but no extra skin or separation in your muscles then diet and exercise is the best way to go. Liposuction is a good option if there are stubborn areas that do not seem to go away even when you are at your ideal body weight but your skin is tight. If your skin and muscles have stretched, a tummy tuck is the only way to repair them. ...Read more

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Does compressing tummy once in a while to flatten tummy (light isometric exercise) increase eye pressure? What about doing it the whole day? Thx

Does compressing tummy once in a while to flatten tummy (light isometric exercise)  increase eye pressure? What about doing it the whole day? Thx

Not really: Intense internal pressure can increase intracranial pressure and slightly affect eye pressure, but only temporarily. Under more pressure, your eye increases the outflow of fluid to bring the pressure back to normal.The type of exercise you are describing will have no effect. Don't worry. Enjoy your workout. ...Read more

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If exercise will not correct diastasis recti in men...what exercises can men do to get stronger stomach muscles..that won't make the diastasis worse?

If exercise will not correct diastasis recti in men...what exercises can men do to get  stronger stomach muscles..that won't make the diastasis worse?

If the diastasis is-: -something U were born with,U can exercise all U want. I have 1 & do all I want for abdominal muscles. If it's an incisional Dias. U need 2 speak with the surgeon as he/she knows Ur case & can make recommendations. ...Read more

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I do crunches exercise to flatten my stomach . Does t affect my health o affect reproductory organs?

I do crunches exercise to flatten my stomach . Does t affect my health o affect reproductory organs?

No: I am not aware of any studies that show crunches would adversely affect your health or reproductive organs. In fact, an exercise program has been shown in countless studies to be beneficial for your overall health. ...Read more

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How can I lose weight and flatten my stomach, i play softball everyday, exercise, and eat healthy yet i don't lose weight. Help?

How can I lose weight and flatten my stomach, i play softball everyday, exercise, and eat healthy yet i don't lose weight.  Help?

Lose weight ; tone: For flatter abdomen eat healthy ; get physically active. Calories burned > calories consumed. To tighten ab's: crunches, reverse crunches, exercise ball crunches, pelvic thrusts, lying leg raises, side bridge ; “bicycling” exercise on back. Engage in both weight training ; aerobic exercise (i.e. Running, swimming, nordic track, bicycling, kickboxing, walking, cross country skiing, hiking, etc. ...Read more

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I'm 5'5 & 113lbs. My abdominal diastasis is still 2 1/2 finger breaths 18 months after my 2nd baby. Will it go away or is a tummy tuck the only way?

I'm 5'5 & 113lbs. My abdominal diastasis is still 2 1/2 finger breaths 18 months after my 2nd baby. Will it go away or is a tummy tuck the only way?

Only a Tummy Tuck: Only a Tummy Tuck can address abdominal muscle separation. Unfortunately, no amount of exercise can help this, and it needs to be surgically repaired. Be sure to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your goals and concerns. ...Read more

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Which spanx would work best to flatten my tummy while I work out?

Which spanx would work best to flatten my tummy while I work out?

Do u work 4 spanx?: These repeated questions for one product manufacturer seem suspicious! there is nothing magic about this. Many spandex or lycra type garments provide comparable support at a lower price point and are available at walmart, kohls, target, sears, kmart, etc. However, I am a firm believer in core strengthening exercises to enhance the abdominal wall musculature, posture, and relief of back pain. ...Read more

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What other exercises can I do without equipment to flatten my tummy and lift my butt?

What other exercises can I do without equipment to flatten my tummy and lift my butt?

Flatten abs: For flatter abdomen eat healthy & get physically active. Calories burned > calories consumed. To tighten ab's: crunches, reverse crunches, exercise ball crunches, pelvic thrusts, lying leg raises, side bridge & “bicycling” exercise on back. Engage in regular aerobic exercise (i.e. running, swimming, Nordic track, bicycling, kickboxing, walking, cross country skiing, hiking, etc.) ...Read more

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How can you flatten your tummy but still stay curvy?

How can you flatten your tummy but still stay curvy?

Consider surgery: Liposuction of the abdomen, or coolsculpting might be approaches you could use to spot-reduce your tummy. If you have loose skin, a tummy tuck could work well for you, too. Best to see a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area. ...Read more

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What are some abdominal exercises for diastasis recti?

What are some abdominal exercises for diastasis recti?

Less is more: Diastasis rectii is the separation of the normally-fused rectus abdominis ("6-pack") muscles. In my practice, i see this most commonly in women after childbirth or in barrel-chested men who have gained weight. Unfortunately, there is no non-surgical way to re-fuse the muscles; ironically, "core" exercises will only accentuate the split. The best thing to do is to keep your weight down. ...Read more

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Can a diastasis recti cause painful spasms in the upper abdomen?

Can a diastasis recti cause painful spasms in the upper abdomen?

Not usually: Diastasis recti is a condition where the abdominal midline is widened between the two bellies of the rectus abdominis muscle. It is not a hernia but often confused with one. It shoudl not cause crampy pain in the upper abdomen, and this could be related to some other condition. ...Read more

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Will a shaper girdle flatten my tummy, which one would work best for that?

Will a shaper girdle  flatten my tummy, which one would work best for that?

Specialty Store: I would check with a specialty loungerie store for specific recommendations for your body. ...Read more

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What are the best excercises to flatten a tummy I have an unaligned pelvis and pain?

What are the best excercises to flatten a tummy I have an unaligned pelvis and pain?

Yoga & Pilates: I believe the core strengthening exercises advocated in yoga and pilates routines provide the best long term support for the abdominal wall with the least wear and tear on the joints. ...Read more

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How to have a flatten tummy and firmer butt?

How to have a flatten tummy and firmer butt?

What to do.: There is no such thing as spot fat loss. You would need to lose weight in general & a certain proportion of that will be abdominal fat. This can be done by eating healthfully, being physically active and making sure that calories burned exceed calories consumed.However you can improve your appearance by toning your abs. To tighten your abdominal muscles consider doing crunches, reverse crunches, . ...Read more

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What can I do to gain curves & flatten tummy?

Options: If diet and exercise don't work, you could consider seeing a plastic surgeon. The options for treatment of the tummy might include: coolsculpting, liposuction, or tummy tuck. It would take an in-person consult to determine which one would be best for you. ...Read more

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Can you suggest tips to flatten tummy in 3 days?

Can you suggest tips to flatten tummy in 3 days?

3 days ! no way.: lose weight. For flatter abdomen eat healthy & get physically active. Calories burned > calories consumed. To tighten ab's: crunches, reverse crunches, exercise ball crunches, pelvic thrusts, lying leg raises, side bridge & “bicycling” exercise on back. Engage in regular aerobic exercise (i.e. running, swimming, Nordic track, bicycling, kickboxing, walking, cross country skiing, hiking, etc.) ...Read more

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What do you think I should do to get my tummy area to flatten up?

What do you think I should do to get my tummy area to flatten up?

Lose weight: For flatter abdomen eat healthy & get physically active. Calories burned > calories consumed. To tighten ab's: crunches, reverse crunches, exercise ball crunches, pelvic thrusts, lying leg raises, side bridge & “bicycling” exercise on back. Engage in regular aerobic exercise (i.e. running, swimming, Nordic track, bicycling, kickboxing, walking, cross country skiing, hiking, etc.) ...Read more

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