As most new mums soon discover getting back into pre-pregnancy shape after having a baby is not the easiest thing to do and one of the main reasons for this is lack of free time. Once that precious baby comes along free time becomes something of a luxury, but exercising is one of the best things you can do with your free time, not only will it release endorphins that will make you feel happier and more energised but it will also help you regain your post-pregnancy body and fitness level.
To incorporate exercise back into your life you need to find something that can fit in with your daily routine. Does your little one wake you up at the crack of dawn? Why not see if you can find an early morning class that both you and your baby can join, such as buggy fit or a mum and baby boot camp. Do you live near a park or a far distance from your nearest supermarket? Why not ditch the car and invest in a running stroller. Whatever you decide to do to get fit again make sure it is something you enjoy so that you don’t feel like it is another chore that needs to get done.
Here are our top tips for getting back to your post pregnancy self.
Get moving: It is important to give your body time to recover after your birth, but once you are feeling up to it get yourself moving, this is the quickest and easiest way to start burning those calories. Start gently, a light 15-20 minute walk each day will not only help you get used to moving again but it will help with the cabin fever, it can be pretty overwhelming being in the house with a baby all day long and the vitamin D will do you the world of good.
Ditch the car: Another easy way to incorporate walking into your daily routine is to ditch the car or bus and walk instead, whether it’s going to the local supermarket or meeting a friend for a coffee, by ditching the car and walking instead you could be burning around 100 extra calories.
Change things up: Why not go one step further and ditch the coffee shop every now and then, instead of meeting a friend for a coffee and a slice of cake, why not make you and your friend an ice coffee to go and take them on a walk.
Make it fun: did you used to go to a class you really enjoyed before having a baby? Look around in your local community, you will be amazed how many classes there are for mums and babies, from yoga and pilates, to buggy fit and bootcamps. Doing a class especially for mums and babies really takes the pressure off as they are designed to accommodate mums needs both physically and practically, not to mention they are a great way to meet other new mums.
Home workouts: Getting out the house isn’t always possible, so for those times when you just can’t make it out then have a few home workouts on standby, there are so many fantastic free workouts online, a high intensity workout can burn around 300 calories in under half an hour.
Pelvic Floor: Lastly, don’t forget to do your pelvic floor exercises, these are so important to build back up and only take a few minutes each day. A good tip is to stick reminders on post-it notes around the house in places where you would usually be standing around for a few minutes such as the kettle or toaster or on your bathroom mirror, you are much more likely to remember todo them while you are waiting for the kettle to boil or brushing your teeth if you have a visual reminder.
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