Exercise after baby

It is not just about losing “baby weight” after baby is born, for most moms, it is just nice to get out of the house. Whenever you decide to start exercising again it is best to consult with your health care provider, but you must listen to your body. If something is uncomfortable or hurts, you should take a break. Every delivery is different and even if  you feel you are okay to start back, there could be more going on than you think.  

 

The biggest thing to remember is that stubborn baby weight didn’t show up overnight, and it won’t go away overnight. It took nine months to gain it, so be patient with yourself when you are working on losing it. Don’t compare yourself to the mom next to you, we all have different body types and metabolisms and we change at different rates.

 

According to the Mayo Clinic:

 

Regular exercise after pregnancy can:

  • Promote weight loss, particularly when combined with reduced calorie intake
  • Improve your cardiovascular fitness
  • Restore muscle strength and tone
  • Condition your abdominal muscles
  • Boost your energy level
  • Improve your mood
  • Relieve stress
  • Help prevent and promote recovery from postpartum depression

Better yet, including physical activity in your daily routine helps you set a positive example for your child now and in the years to come.

Physical activity goals

For most healthy women, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity — preferably spread throughout the week — after pregnancy. Consider these guidelines:

  • Take time to warm up and cool down.
  • Begin slowly and increase your pace gradually.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Wear a supportive bra and, if you’re breast-feeding, nursing pads in case your breasts leak.
  • Avoid excessive fatigue.
  • Stop exercising if you feel pain.

A little more about our business

We offer a variety of classes from Bootcamps and TRX in the evenings and on weekends to Mom & Baby TRX and Bootcamps during the day and some evenings. We also have one on one training and semi private training. We love to help not only new moms, but everyone on their journey to become healthier. I really love and am impressed with the amount of people who make the time to do something for themselves and even include their little ones. When you include your baby in your workout, it is a whole new bonding experience. When you register for a fitness class, you don’t always know what to expect but I can tell you that you will not only come out at the end being much more healthy and more fit, but also with some friends and a great support system.

Sometimes joining an exercise program isn’t about losing weight, its about getting out with people in the same situation as you, other moms that need a little me time, other women that are looking to boost their self confidence or people looking to burn off some stress after a long day.

Our programs are designed with the social aspect included, on purpose. This is a safe environment where you can come and talk about how you were up all night with your baby while your husband was snoring in bed, or how your boss was a big jerk, or you were dealing with a difficult customer or your mother in law is driving you insane.

We all need a break, this is nothing to feel guilty about. If we aren’t taking care of ourselves how can we honestly expect to be able to take care of anyone else? For our own sanity, health and wellbeing we need to make time for ourselves.