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05 February 2008 @ 09:07 pm
Ab Workout: guaranteed to work your laughing muscles!  
I came across this hysterical video, and felt the need to share it. Remember: belly laughs do burn calories. Trust me. I'm a physical therapist. It's my job to know these things.

 
 
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sunnyjune46 on February 6th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
Haha, that was very amusing and helpful!
yfrontzyfrontz on February 7th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
LOL! I believe it. Belly laughs work.

Also, hun, can you tell me when my loose pevlic ligaments problem thingo might sort itself out? Heck, it's been 5 months now and the therapist I saw at hospital said I'd see an improvment after 8 weeks. Well, it's improved, but I STILL can't push a heavy box along the floor with my foot. Are there any excercises I should be doing besides holding my abs stuff they told me to do. I wore a belly belt for a while, but that didn't do much.
RahNeerahnee13 on February 7th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
It sounds like you may need some trunk/pelvic strengthening (the latest lingo is "core strengthening"). Here are some suggestions:

Ab crunches: lying on back with knees bent and lifting your shoulders off the bed/floor kinda like you are trying to move your breastbone closer to your pelvis. Don't do full sit-ups.

Pelvic floor squeezes (aka Kegel's exercises): basically you squeeze the coochie like you are trying to stop yourself from peeing. Can be done sitting or lying down.

Glute sets: squeeze your cheeks (not the face ones!) together tightly like you have the winning lottery ticket between your butt cheeks and you don't want anyone to take it, then relax. You can do it sitting or lying down.

Planking: lie on your stomach. Prop yourself up on your toes and elbows and keep your torso as straight as a board. Start with 10 seconds at a time. Work up to 30 second hold or longer. (These are HARD to do!)

The ankle slaps in the video are actually good ones to do too, but how will you perform those with a straight face now? I will continue to think "Oh, you bad ankles!"

Start with 10-12 repetitions of each, work your way to two sets of 10-12, then three sets... then up it to 15 repetitions for 3 sets. Of course, if any feel wrong, or hurt, then don't do it.

Hey, I just had a thought: Are you breastfeeding the li'l Willa? Because if you are, your ligaments will still be lax b/c of hormones you are still making. Once you stop being a milk factory, then the ligaments will return to normal.

Hope that helps!

yfrontzyfrontz on February 8th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
Wow, thanks for that. Ankle slaps would have me pissing myself (which would mean I'm not doing enough koochie klenching). Lord, there's just no dignity after having a baby heee!

squeeze your cheeks (not the face ones!) together tightly like you have the winning lottery ticket between your butt cheeks and you don't want anyone to take it, then relax.

That alone gave me a belly laugh. I wish you were my physical therapist here.
yfrontzyfrontz on February 8th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
Forgot to respond to the bf question.

Nah, I wish I still was. Stopped when I went back to work. I too expected the relaxin to ease off, but its been more gradual I'm guessing.
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