Parenting Advice: Exercising and being healthy after baby
Life after having a baby is full of adjustments. The first six weeks are all about feedings, diaper changes and trying to get as much sleep as possible. By this time, you might be feeling with a little more energy and ready to get back to your fitness routine.
Take your time
Before you pull out your cute workout clothes, is important that you get your doctor’s clearance to exercise and to remember that your body is still adjusting. Ease into it. Start with some stretches, especially if you have been spending lots of time nursing your sweet baby. Keep your workout short, 20-30 minutes and gradually increase in 10 minute increments. As you get stronger you might feel ready to add equipment. Make sure you are using weight that challenges you but doesn’t make you strain.
Keep it low to the floor
You don’t need to do a lot of high impact exercises to feel like you are getting a good workout. Modifications, variety and low impact exercises such as planks, lunges or yoga can really get your body sweating! Meditation is another great way to workout. Sitting on the floor activates your core, pelvic and back muscles. Concentrating on your breath eases stress levels and can clear the mind.
Getting back to your fitness routine can be a great way to get more time to yourself but it can also be a great bonding experience for the whole family. There is no need for equipment when your cute little baby can help you get stronger. Take advantage of your baby’s tummy time and get the whole family exercising on the floor. Take your baby for a walk with a stroller or baby carrier. The stroller is a great option because you can pick up the pace and get some cardio. The baby carrier can help you with lower and upper body exercises. The best part is that mama works up a sweat and baby still gets some attention!
Make sure that you are eating foods that will keep you energized throughout the day. Snack on things like bananas, blueberries, apples and yogurt. Make sure that your main meals include some veggies and protein. Smoothies are a great way to get a lot of nutrition in one sitting. Eating healthy is not only important to keep you fit and healthy. Your baby will also benefit from the good nutrition through breastfeeding.
Remember to listen to your body. Take it easy on yourself. Motherhood is a great journey and you will soon find the balance that works best for you and your family.