3 Ways to Master Post-Natal Fitness
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- Published on Sunday, 16 July 2017 11:05
- Last Updated on 16 July 2017
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Having a baby is going to be one of the most pivotal points in your life. As well as a new addition to your family and new responsibilities, you also have to get used to your body looking and feeling very different. You may still be feeling some aches and pains, and lack your usual levels of energy. Most new mums are also suffering from some form of sleep deprivation. All of this can pile up, so whether post natal fitness is something you rearing to get started with or the furthest thing from your mind, we have compiled a list of 3 elements you should always remain mindful of.
1. Remain realistic
Remain realistic throughout your post-natal fitness journey. Regaining your pre-pregnancy body will take time and is a process that is different for everyone. The false transformations we read about in magazines can pile on unnecessary pressure at a time when you probably don’t need it!
The truth is that your body will never be exactly identical to what it was before, but this is ok. Life is an evolution and you may even to grow to love your post-birth body more!
2. Use your time efficiently
As a new mum you will most likely have very limited time, so utilise your time exercising in the most efficient way possible. There are do’s and don’ts during your post-natal period so make sure that you firstly know what your are doing. There is no point in walking aimlessly around the gym and feeling terrible afterwards when you realise you haven’t done very much!
The best thing options are to join a post-natal fitness class or get a post-natal fitness trainer who will be able to come to you, work around your new schedule with the baby, and help you to train safely.
You do not need to spend hours on a treadmill to see results. You need to dedicate one to two hours a week to a fitness programme and remain as active as possible between sessions. Take time to ease into it. Over-doing it at the start won’t be good for you or your baby.
3. Know your timings
If you have had a traditional birth, you will need to wait 6 weeks before you begin any type of fitness programme. If you have had a c-section, it will be up to twelve weeks before you receive the sign off from your GP. It is important to wait until your body is ready before starting a fitness regime. If you do not, you can cause further harm to your body. As much as you may want to rush the process, it cannot be rushed and you need to consult your GP when you start exercising.