Getting Back in Shape After Giving Birth
After giving birth, the new mom is probably feeling out of shape. She looks down at her flabby stomach and gives a sigh. The good news is that the average woman might lose up to 35 pounds, after giving birth. The not so good news is that the average new mom feels to tired to exercise. Don’t keep procrastinating about getting back in shape. Now, is the perfect time to start taking control of your life and your body again. The well-known health company, Mannatech (https://www.facebook.com/MannatechInc/) shared some great tips for on their blog which we have summarized below:
Start Exercising Slowly
Most new moms are feeling very tired and lack energy. Therefore, it is a good idea to take it slow. You don’t have to jump into an exercise program full force. Start with small steps. For example, take your baby to the park in a stroller. Walk briskly, to burn extra calories. It probably will start to feel good to stretch out your legs and get out into the open air with your baby too. Of course, you could also simply leave your baby at home with your significant other, and just walk around the block a few times. Practice several times per week for at least fifteen minutes.
Lifting Weights Builds Muscles/Strength
Most women assume that lifting weights, builds big bulky muscles. This is wrong. Men have testosterone that builds those big bulky muscles. Women do not. Lifting weights should speed up losing weight. Studies show that weight lifting builds lean muscles and reduces fat. Join a weight lifting class at the gym or download software applications to your tablet or smart-phone that demonstrate the proper way to lift weights. After lifting weights a few weeks, you’ll have plenty of strength and stamina to keep up with your new baby.
Eat Nutritional Meals
Learn to eat healthier and more nutritional meals. Fill your plate with fresh vegetables and fruits. Ask your doctor, if it is safe for you to take a multi-vitamin supplement on a daily basis.
New moms that are stressed out, tend to overeat and keep the baby fat much longer. Instead, plan some quiet time to take a quick nap in the middle of the day, if possible. This should give a boost to your energy levels and reduce those food cravings.
Network With New Moms
Find several other new moms and form an exercise group. Plan jogs or walks together each morning to help each other lose the baby fat. Studies show that joining a group is very helpful to new moms trying to lose weight.