7 Effective Ways to For New Mamas to Get Fit
The road to being fit post-baby seems daunting, but is not impossible. In fact, if you approach your new fitness program in the right way, it can actually be enjoyable. Luckily, if you’re breastfeeding you’ll be burning up to 600 calories per day, so much of the weight loss should happen automatically. For the extra few pounds and to start rebuilding tone, there are some easy steps that you can take to get back into (or start!) a regular fitness schedule. Make sure to check in with your doctor before starting any fitness program.
1. Go easy on yourself. You have been growing a baby inside your body for 9 months. Take a moment to realize how amazing that is, thank your body and be kind to yourself. I loved doing restorative yoga to ease myself back into movement Yoga Glo offers yoga classes from world class teachers at a variety of levels that you can do from home.
2. Follow a program. Set a training goal and then find a program to help you achieve it. Download a fitness app with a regimented program, my favorite is Sweat from Kayla Itsines. Having a program to follow makes it easier to track your progress and stay on course.
3. Make fitness a priority. If you're a new mom you know that there are very few hours in a day that can be used for your own interests. You must make fitness a priority if you want to make progress, even if it’s just a few minutes every day.
4. Get social. Make a weekly gym date, create a mommy Meetup and go for long walks or challenge your friends to achieve a new goal (I just made a crazy bet about a half marathon finishing time that I now must achieve), research shows that social support makes wellbeing programs more effective.
5. Think outside the box. Find unique ways to get in exercise like these exercises that you can do with a baby carrier. I work from home and have been using a FluidStance motion board to work my core while getting in some hours while my baby sleeps.
6. Get it in when you can. As soon as your baby falls asleep take her / him to the gym (or your living room), park the stroller and hit the treadmill, weights or HIIT workout. If she/he wakes up mid-workout, oh well, head home and don’t beat yourself up too much, you can pick back up later.
7. Get outside. It’s easy to get stuck to the couch, put your baby in a stroller or carrier and take long walks. Get into nature if you can, one study conducted by researchers at Stanford showed that spending time in nature to decrease negative thoughts and depression.