You used to be in tiptop shape. You made sure that you exercised at least 30 minutes a day, and even took workout classes like yoga or belly dancing. However, when you became a mom, you find out that it's a lot more difficult to have time for yourself to do all these things. You knew being a mom would be a busy job, it just never occurred to you that it would take a toll on your physical health including your figure. Don't be dismayed. As much as you love your little baby, you also have to take care of yourself. Post-pregnancy workout can help you get back on shape. Follow these simple techniques.
The Priority List
A common mistake that new moms make is putting themselves at the bottom of the list of priorities. On top, they have the child, husband, home, and work. But in order to do all of your mommy duties, it's important that you also prioritize yourself, give yourself time to take a break from all these to work out and be physically healthy once more. Remember that in order for you to become a good mom, you need to be a happy and healthy mom. Working out is one way to achieve that.
Ten minutes a day - that's all you need. If your schedule is running wild, you must at least find ten minutes of your day to get moving. And it's not smart to wait until those ten minutes show up; you must include it in your schedule like every important task you do daily. These ten minutes can go longer and longer like when the baby is napping or when you've found someone reliable to babysit for a while each day until you're able to go back to your usual work routine.
Don't be too hard on yourself. Don't expect that you'll get back to your pre-mommy figure overnight. As you probably know, working out takes time before you can see some results. So if you're going to set goals for your fitness program, make sure they're realistic and attainable. Taking baby steps slowly but surely is a lot better than leaping big steps only to slide back down afterwards.
Sneaky Ways to Incorporate Exercise in your Daily Life
You don't have to enroll in the gym or attend dance classes to achieve your purpose. At home, there are plenty of things you can do to sneak exercise into your daily life as a busy mom.
Dance like nobody's watching. If your baby is doing his playtime in the crib, turn up the volume a bit and go wild doing all sorts of dance moves. As long as you're keeping your heart rate up, you're doing a good job burning calories.
Do yoga at home. While your kid is in dreamland, you can pop a yoga video into the player and strike different yoga poses. There are ten-minute yoga training videos suitable for this purpose.
Take your baby for a walk. Put your baby on the stroller and go for a stroll around the neighborhood, at the mall or at the local park. The best thing about this workout is that you don't have to limit yourself to ten minutes. Babies love the motion. And you can keep on walking your baby for 30 minutes to an hour.
Do some stretching in the bathroom. Have a reliable adult watch over your child while you take a bath. Take advantage of this alone moment to do some stretching and jogging in place. Stretch your arms, legs, back and neck, and repeat several times. Then jog in place before you hit the showers.