It’s been about nine months since you gave birth, and now you’re finally ready to return to your workout routine. While you’ve been pregnant and adjusting to motherhood, your body has undoubtedly changed — and the question of how to get back into shape lingers in your mind.
Because there are so many factors involved in regaining your figure after the baby, this guide will give you some tips on how to work out safely while taking care of yourself as a new mom.
Benefits of Postpartum Workouts
Postpartum workouts are so important because they allow you to regain your strength and stamina. They also help you feel better about yourself. The best part is that they can be done at home and don't require any special equipment.
Exercise releases endorphins, which make you feel happier, less depressed, and more energetic. Exercise also helps with postpartum weight loss and helps improve your moods.
Get Started (regardless of your experience level)
The great thing about working out postpartum is that it does not have to be complicated. The important thing is that you are doing something, anything. There are a number of different ways you can get started on your workout routine and some may work better for you than others. Whether it be going for a walk, doing some light cardio, or using an at-home workout DVD, start by picking something you feel comfortable with and go from there!
Build a Routine That Works For You
The postpartum phase is a time of change. Whether you're feeling ready to take on an intense workout routine or are looking for ways to take care of yourself without overdoing it, here are three tips that will help you build a routine that works for you.
#1: Start slow. The most important thing is that you listen to your body and do what feels right for you. Be gentle with yourself and don't be too hard on yourself if you can't get back into shape as quickly as you want to! With patience, dedication, and these 3 simple tips in mind, you'll be back in shape in no time.
#2: Include strength training. Building muscle will not only tone up your physique but it will also create definition and reduce excess fat when you lose weight, so this is definitely worth doing even if all you do are light weights.
#3: Consider Yoga. When done properly yoga can promote physical and emotional wellbeing while improving balance and flexibility which can reduce the risk of injury during more rigorous workouts later down the road.
Talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise regimen just to be sure there aren’t any medical conditions that could affect how much (or what type) of exercise you should do postpartum.
In conclusion, exercise does wonders for both the physical and mental health of a mom. Studies have shown that moms who work out report feeling calmer and having increased self-confidence. Most importantly, it's all about doing what makes you feel good!
If you or someone you know is looking for a healthier lifestyle please feel free to reach out to me to schedule a free consultation to get started. Remember for each referral you receive a free 1-1 personal training session. So bring a friend and save.