Childbirth and having your first baby is one of the greatest things in life. However, let’s not forget that so is your body. You might have thought that having one means giving up the other, but that’s hardly the case and you can get your pre-baby body back.
Here are five of the best exercises that will get your pre-baby body back in no time!
When you’re returning to your workout routine, don’t forget your pelvic muscles! You can try beginner Kegels to get them all tightened up.
Sit on a bench with your feet shoulder-width apart and start contracting your pelvic muscles, then stand up. Hold for a couple of seconds, then release. Do 1-3 sets, each of 15 repetitions.
#2: Hip Thrusts or Floor Bridge
Get your hamstrings and butt toned with this easy and simple exercise that can be done literally anywhere.
Lie on your back on the floor with knees bent, arms by your sides. Squeeze and lift your butt from the floor, hold for three seconds, and then return. Again, try for 1-3 sets of 10-20 repetitions for best results.
For added resistance, pop some books (maybe those first-time mother books we all seem to acquire so easily!) on top of your tummy.
#3: Plank from knees
Get into plank position (this is the one where you’re facing the floor and with your body straight from your knees to your shoulders) and hold for 30-60 seconds. Keep your hips up and your abs tight! Rest for 30 seconds, and then repeat.
If you are diligent with this exercise, over the course of a week you will start to see fast results and will be holding that plank position longer and longer each time. When you are ready you can progress to a Plank from toes.
#4: Walking Lunges
Stand with your feet together and put your hands on the hips. Step forward and bend your knees at 90 degrees angle. Push through the heel of the front leg and then return to your initial position. Repeat, this time with the opposite leg, and do 1-3 sets on each side of about 10-15 reps.
Pilates exercises are one of the easiest ways to get back in shape. Most of them focus on the core, so they’re great for getting rid of the tummy fat and strengthening your abs. Search for beginner Pilates workout online or join an exercise group. An added bonus: meeting like-minded mummies like you who are looking to get back into shape safely.
Although we love the idea of getting our pre-baby body back, it shouldn’t be at the expense of yours or your little ones health, so timing is everything.
Always make sure you consult your doctor before you take on any form of exercise post-partum, especially if you experienced any difficulty during labour.
Disclaimer: Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss.
Consult with your health care processional before beginning any diet or exercise regime.