TIPS FOR NEW MOMS ON EXERCISING
Having a baby is an exhilarating, exhausting and utterly life-changing event. There’s a reason why pregnancy lasts nine months – to prepare for the upheaval of having a newborn, both emotionally and physically.
Depending on the type of birth you had (natural or via C-section), your doctor will advise you on the best timing for when you can slowly start exercising again. Be sure to get your OB/GYN’s green light before you embark on any kind of physical regimen post-birth. Getting back into a routine after the baby is born will help make any new mom feel like she’s getting back into the groove.
Here are several ways that new moms can reconnect with themselves (even for a few minutes) and help their bodies recover and strengthen after such a miraculous feat:
The best initial exercise for new moms is walking. Taking it slow and walking around the block with the stroller gives both you and your baby a great excuse to get outside. The fresh air will do you both good and is a great way to gradually build your stamina.
Mom Group Mall
Speaking of walking, lots of local malls host meet-ups and stroller ‘strolls’ where groups of moms can gather and walk. This is a great way to meet other moms in your area and also get out of the house. Mall meet-ups are also perfect if you have your baby in the winter or live in colder climates.
While you’re doing all this walking, use an activity tracker like MyCoach Pulse to not only keep track of your steps, but also your heart rate and sleep (what little of it you’re getting). You can set daily goals and monitor them in the corresponding iOS or Android app and keep an eye on your progress.
Sweating to an App
There are a lot of great fitness apps available on your mobile phone or tablet. Depending on what kind of exercises you want (weights, yoga, stretching, high intensity interval training) you can find it all. Just be sure to start with a lower intensity workout and build and you get your full strength back.
For new moms, it’s daunting enough to try and schedule anything, let alone set aside 20-30 minutes for a workout. With baby’s erratic sleep schedules, it might be easier to segment exercises into five minutes here and there, whenever you can get them. Or when the baby is in the swing, do some pushups and stretches. It all adds up.
It can feel very overwhelming for new moms to try and fit anything in, especially with a newborn in tow. But with a little effort and flexibility towards working out, you’ll be getting stronger and feeling more like yourself with each day.