One of the many things that you need to carry out once your little bundle of joy is already out in the world is to win back your pre-baby figure. The good news is it’s not that challenging to lose all the pounds you’ve gained while you were in the family way. Experts say that the sooner you engage in a regular workout regimen after giving birth, the better it is for your overall health. So in between your motherhood chores, put on your workout shoes!
There are many different exercises to choose from. Because you were not able to engage in intensive ones while you were pregnant, it is a good idea to commence your way to a slimmer figure by opting for mild to moderate exercises. You may choose to increase the intensity or length of time spent working out as your fitness level improves.
So if you are ready to blast that flab brought about by pregnancy, continue reading. Below you will find some of the best exercises for a new mom like you. However, do tell your doctor about your plan most especially if you had a C-section.
You may think that walking is so easy that it’s not really a form of exercise. The fact is it’s regarded as the best form of exercise! That’s because walking works out your muscles, and improves both your respiratory and heart rates without putting you at risk of getting injured. It’s a good idea to walk for at least 20 minutes a day. When walking already seems so easy, start brisk walking.
About 6 weeks past giving birth, you may start doing this exercise for strengthening the back and getting your belly and buttocks in shape. Lie on your back with your knees bent and legs about width-hip apart. Take your hips off the floor. Hold this position for a second, and then slowly go back to the starting position. Do a total of 5 to 10 repetitions.
This form of exercise is good for zapping your post-baby bump. It’s also superb in shaping your thighs and behind. To get started, assume a planking position — your forearms on the floor, legs extended and back straight. Maintain such position for 30 to 60 seconds, tightening your abdominal muscles all the time. Rest and complete 4 to 5 forearm planks.
Doing this works out the muscles in your midsection, buttocks and legs. Start by going into a low squat position, with the palms of your hands planted on the floor in front of you. Take your legs all the way behind you so that you are in a push-up position. Without pausing, take your feet again at the back of your hands and stand up. Do 3 sets of 5 to 10 repetitions.
Performing some push-ups is recommended if the routines mentioned above no longer challenge you. As everyone knows, push-ups are great for the arms and back. They also target the abdominal muscles too. Begin by placing your hands and toes on the floor. Bend at the elbows and lower your chest until it’s about an inch from the ground. Hold the position for a couple of seconds then push your self back to the starting position. Do 8 to 10 times.
This form of exercise is extra challenging, so make sure that you have been regularly working out for a few weeks already. Start by standing with your legs together and your hands on your hips. Take a step forward so that your knees are bent at about 90 degrees. Use the heel of the leg in front to hoist yourself back to the starting position. Repeat using your other leg. Do 1 to 3 sets of walking lunges, each one composed of 10 to 20 repetitions.