POST PREGNANCY EXERCISE
Getting your body back is not as hard as you might think. It can do wonders for your well-being and give you the energy you need to care for your baby. Research shows that a regular exercise program post pregnancy is not only good for your overall health, but may also help reduce the risk of postpartum depression. The key here is to slowly integrate activity without over-doing it. Listen to you body and don’t over-exert.
Every pregnancy and delivery are different, so check with your doctor and get the approval before engaging in any exercise program. The body needs time to heal and this can take up to 6 weeks. But once you’re past this stage, and your doctor has given you the OK, lets get down to business and get your body back into shape!
- Strength training (2-3 days a week on nonconsecutive days)
- Cardio (3 days a week, minimum of 30 minutes)
- Yoga (2-3 days a week)
Yoga is a wonderful way for new moms to get in shape. The great thing about yoga is you can begin as gently as you like and then increase the difficulty as you go, and watch that post pregnancy weight melt away. Yoga also triggers feelings of deep relaxation and well-being. The calmer and more relaxed moms are, the calmer their babies are.
Post Pregnancy Exercise can:
- Promote weight loss
- Improve your cardiovascular fitness
- Restore muscle strength and tone
- Condition your abdominal muscles
- Boost your energy level
- Improve your mood
- Relieve stress