Like most new mothers, Becky Stevens was desperate to get her flat stomach back.Spurred on by pictures of celebrities, such as Victoria Beckham and Abbey Clancy showing off toned midriffs just weeks after giving birth, she was determined to hit the gym and shrink her ‘mum tum’.Just lie face down on the floor and prop your body up on your toes and forearms. Prop yourself up on one side by your elbow and the side of your foot.Keep your legs straight and hips raised so your body is in a line. Straighten your legs and raise your hips to create a rigid diagonal line.
There is nothing hotter than a man who is not only ridiculously talented and good-looking, but has zero problem publicly coming out to the entire world, unafraid of what people might think.Repeat clockwise and anti-clockwise ten times each.A gentle plank (left) also works wonders for getting rid of a paunch.Dr David Eccleston, of Birmingham’s Medi Zen Clinic, says that, over time, repeated sit-ups can ruin your appearance, giving you a craggy-looking turkey neck.‘There are usually between two and four on each side of the neck.The more sit-ups you do, where the abdominal muscles are not fully engaged, the more you force these muscles to contract to help lift your head off the floor.In fact, they are now so discredited that both the U. and Canadian armies have recently scrapped them after a study found 56 per cent of soldiers’ fitness injuries involved back problems caused by repeated sit-ups.So if young men at the peak of their fitness are deemed at risk, it begs the question why women, who have just endured the physical trauma of giving birth, aren’t being warned off them, particularly at post-natal check-ups.She adds: ‘By going back to exercise after my babies were born, I thought I was doing the right thing. You think of celebs going “crunch, crunch, crunch” and then being seen with flat-as-a-pancake stomachs.As well as carrying a risk of umbilical hernias, where part of your bowel pokes through your abdomen near the belly button causing pain and tenderness, and carrying the risk of rupture, sit-ups can also trigger bladder control problems, slipped discs - and even make you look older.Physiotherapist and osteopath Tim Allardyce, of Surrey Physio, says many back injuries are down to the fact that people tend to perform sit-ups sometimes hundreds of times every day in the hope of seeing results.Beyond what sit-ups do to your body, there is also the matter of what they can do to your looks.