By Carly Newson
Getting back into regular exercise once your little one has arrived can be a totally different ball game because you’re tired and being active is the last thing on your mind. However, a little movement and activity can help you feel energised, keep you fit and can actually prevent postpartum depression. If you do ever need that extra push of energy then try Opitmum Nutrition’s Amino Energy , this is a good little pick me up and a big help when energy is low. Also, an important thing to remember is to take your time and not rush your post baby recovery. It is advised to see your GP at 6 weeks so make sure you talk to them about your plans before starting anything too strenuous.”
Once you have got the all clear from your GP or midwife, follow my five simple tips to get fit after the baby!
1. Walk - Walk to the shops, walk your baby around the block, do what you can to get your steps in. Walking is low impact cardio, easy on the joints and a great way to clear your mind and get some fresh air.
2. Short Workouts - Gone are the days you can spend hours in the gym! Keep your training sessions quick and efficient. Get some movement in whenever and wherever you can. Squat in-between hanging up the washing, do push ups, tricep dips and step ups off a park bench. 5 minutes is better than nothing!
3. Home Workouts - Rather than stress about trying to get to the gym, keep your workout at home and use your surroundings as equipment (chairs / table). If you are really serious then invest in a few key pieces of equipment like dumbbells, resistance bands, swiss ball, yoga mat and a timer.
4. Post Baby Body - Pregnancy and childbirth often results in a weak pelvic floor so be sure to incorporate kegel exercises into your daily routine. Most women will also experience diastasis recti (ab separation) which is where the abdominal muscles remain separated post birth. To tackle this you need to do exercises that will rebuild your deep core muscles, this is important for all new mums!
5. Exercise With Baby - Including your kids is a great way to keep them occupied and a lovely way to bond. Try holding your baby close to you with support and squat, they will love the motion! Why not try baby yoga, baby pilates classes and mum and baby swimming classes? Or if you're a runner then invest in a running buggy so you can run with your baby. As kids grow older, park workouts are also a fun way to work out and to get your child outside and active.
Restarting exercise post baby can be challenging and overwhelming but try and enjoy the journey, keep consistent and be patient. Do what you can when you can and remember everybody is different. Good Luck mums! We’ve got this!