- Gaiam Blog - http://blog.gaiam.com -
Top 3 Postnatal Workout Tips from a Mom and Trainer
Posted By Chris Freytag On February 25, 2009 @ 2:15 pm In Family Health, Fitness, Health & Wellness | 9 Comments
I get a lot of questions about getting back into shape postpartum. Let’s face it, having a baby changes your life in many ways, including the changes your body goes through during pregnancy and afterward. I have three kids so I know how hard it is to get back into your normal lifestyle routine after having a baby … you’re tired, hormonal, busy trying to feed, bathe, etc. I know it’s a struggle. Here’s my best advice for getting back in shape after having a baby:
Forget all those pictures of celebrities in bikinis a month after having a baby. That is not reality! Pictures in magazines are airbrushed and information is misreported. You have a new life that you are responsible for and that is the priority along with your own well-being.
Pregnancy and childbirth can change and affect each individual body in different ways, so make sure you get clearance from a medical professional to proceed with physical activity. My personal experience was that at about six weeks postpartum, I felt strong and rested enough to start exercising again. However, if you had a hard delivery, a C-section, or any other medical setbacks, listen to your doctor’s advice and make a postpartum workout plan accordingly.
Many women tell me they don’t have any time to themselves and/or don’t have many child care options — and by the time their spouse gets home, they are too tired to exercise. So why not take the baby with you?
With a new baby it is very easy to become overwhelmed with all the tasks and responsibilities — not to mention that you’re operating on little sleep. Chances are you will not feel like working out some days. This is when you have to get creative about fitting in exercise! Try to focus on how exercise will make you feel and what the end result will be: more energy to take care of your baby, a better attitude, and feeling good about your body.
Enjoy your baby time while you can. I know it sounds cliché … but the time goes by so fast. All too soon, the conversation during my walks with friends became all about the cost of college tuition, planning carpools and teenage behavior!
Start your week off right with my healthy Monday Tip. Sign up Here !
Article printed from Gaiam Blog: http://blog.gaiam.com
URL to article: http://blog.gaiam.com/top-3-postnatal-workout-tips-from-a-mom-and-trainer/
URLs in this post:
 take a walk: http://www.gaiam.com/category/fitness-center/walking.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS
 walking while pushing a stroller burns more calories than simply walking alone: http://www.acefitness.org/getfit/research.aspx
 workout DVDs: http://www.gaiam.com/category/media-library/fitness-dvds.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS
 postnatal fitness routine: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/TimeSaver-Postnatal-Mini-Workout.html
 Sign up Here: http://www.chrisfreytag.com/weekly_tip/
Copyright © 2007 Gaiam Community Blog. All rights reserved.