Your pregnancy is a wonderful time in your life, but it really takes a toll on your body. You may be anxious to get your previous baby body back, and this article will give you some great tips for getting back in shape after you deliver your precious little baby.
Getting back to your fitness routine is probably not the first thing on your mind, with all the welcomed chaos a new baby's arrival brings, but you are probably still thinking about getting back into shape. Before you start exercising again, be sure to consult your doctor to make sure that your body is healed enough, and that you are ready.
During pregnancy, women tend not to exercise as much, which can result in joints and muscles becoming stiff. Stretching is a great way to limber up your muscles and increase your flexibility. First thing in the morning is a great time to stretch, to help your body keep loose throughout the day.
Once your doctor has given you the go-ahead to begin exercising again, you will probably want to focus on your abdomen, since that part of your body goes through the biggest physical change. Do not be discouraged if you cannot do as many sit-ups as you used to before the baby, and keep working at it. You will begin to notice results before you know it.
Going for brisk walks is a great way to get back in shape after you deliver the baby. Walking also helps to shed those extra pounds, without putting too much stress on your body. Walking is a great activity because you can enjoy a fun walk with friends, or put on your headphones and enjoy a peaceful solo walk.
You really do not have to venture too far from your little one to get a good workout in. In fact, you can use them as a tool to help you get back in shape. Try holding your baby close to your body and doing squats, or raising him or her into the air and back down repeatedly to give your arms a work out. Not only will you be burning calories and building muscle, you will also be bonding and having fun with your little one.
You may want to hire a personal trainer to help you get to your health and fitness goals much quicker. A certified personal trainer that comes to you will make it easier for you to get a great workout in and also have the baby nearby.
Exercise and nutrition will play a large part in getting you back in shape quickly, so listen to your fitness trainer and make sure he or she helps you in both areas that are vital to your success.
As I stated in the beginning of this article, pregnancy is a wonderful time, but it can really take a toll on your body. Apply the advice from this article to help you reclaim your pre-baby body, and you will be looking great in no time at all.
Marc Ouellette is a Certified In-Home Personal Trainer, Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition and Owner of Personal Training Alliance.
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