11 Fitness Tips for New Moms
Your doctor has cleared you and you are itching to get your pre-baby body back. Whether you stayed active and healthy during your pregnancy or not, there is bound to be some unwanted pounds that you are looking to shed. While jumping right back into your old routine may seem like the best course of action, it isn't always that simple.
Below we have rounded up the 11 best fitness tips for new moms to help you get back your pre-baby body!
11 Fitness Tips for New Moms
1. Try Morning Workouts
Though you may not be a morning person, waiting until the afternoon or until after you've finished work might be asking too much of yourself. Mommy duties tend to build as the day progress, so get your workout out of the way before the list gets too long. If you're trouble motivating yourself, make sure you read some of these quotes to help get yourself ready.
Many gyms now offer early morning fitness classes which helps to keep you motivated and consistent.
2. Schedule Your Workouts
Just like you would for a meeting or an appointment, schedule time into your day for your workout. Workouts tend to be the part of life that is most often pushed to the side for new moms, so making it a priority by scheduling it into your day helps to create consistency.
3. Make A Plan
Don't waste precious time wondering around the gym once you get there. If you aren't going to be going to a fitness class (where someone else comes up with the exercises) then make sure you have a plan on what you are wanting to workout before you get to the gym.
4. Include Your Kids
Can't get any time for yourself to workout today? Then include your kids! While having "me" time is critical for new moms, sometimes days don't always go the way we have planned. Instead of skipping the workout entirely, strap your child into his or her stroller and head outside! Not only can you walk or run with your child but you can also do other body weight exercises such as lunges, squats and push-ups. Head to a nice park for a walk or run and then use the benches for exercises such as step-ups or triceps dips!
As kids grow older park workouts are a great way to get your child outside and active while also allowing you time to workout.
5. Split Up Your Workout
Too often we think that a workout has to be done in one solid hour. Not true! Squeeze in a small workout when you can - even if it has to be in 10-minute increments.
Body weight exercises are simple and require no extra equipment. Perform squats, lunges, planks and push-ups at home whenever you have a few extra minutes to yourself. Once you progress further add 10-pound dumbbells to the exercises to make them even harder.
6. Try Workout DVDs
As a new mom there are some days when the mind just refuses to focus. These days make creating your own workout a bit more difficult, which is why we suggest that you purchase a few postpartum pregnancy DVDs. There are plenty to choose from but each postpartum pregnancy DVD is tailored to new moms with quick but efficient workouts that will have you sweating, burning calories and toning your muscles.
7. Look to Girdles for Support
Depending on the pregnancy, some new moms may have some struggles getting back into a workout regimen. Whether it was a tough natural birth or there is a C-section incision to worry about, a postpartum girdle can be extremely helpful for new moms.
Postpartum girdles can
- accelerate the healing process
- reduce water retentionbind the abdomen
- shrink the belly, waist and hips
- provide comfort and support
- reduce back pain
- improve posture
- protect and aid in C-section incision healing
Choose a postpartum girdle based off your needs - whether that be protecting the C-section incision or simply tucking in the belly for added support.
8. Create a Small Home Gym
Home gyms don't need to have the latest and greatest equipment. Basic equipment such as a pair of medium to heavy dumbbells and a few resistance bands are easy to store and don't take up much space in your home. These few pieces of equipment are also incredibly versatile and easy to use.
Remember those 10-minute workouts we talked about earlier? Use dumbbells or resistance bands to create and build strength while also toning your body - all at home!
The great thing about having this equipment at home is that you don’t have to drive to the gym for a solid workout. Just grab your resistance bands or dumbbells when the baby is napping and get to work!
9. Take Your Time
It is important to take your time when it comes to postpartum fitness. While the body is an incredible thing (it did just make and carry a tiny human for 9 months!), it also needs time before it can bounce back to the place it was before the pregnancy.
10. Find a Fitness Buddy
One of the best ways to stay motivated is to find someone who is trying to do exactly the same thing. Whether the person you find just had a baby or not doesn't matter - the fact that you both want to get in shape and get healthier is what does.
11. Give Yourself A Break
So you only worked out once this week - that's ok! Just like learning to be a new mom takes time, so does getting back into a fitness routine. While it can be discouraging not to see your pre-baby body coming back as quickly as you’d hoped, cut yourself some slack. The routine and pre-baby body will come back in no time!
Getting back to your pre-baby weight may feel like a mission impossible, but it only takes a bit of patience and consistency. Follow the above tips to help get yourself back into the gym and back into those pre-baby clothes!