Childbirth is one of life’s miracles and being a new mom might feel a little stressful but it’s also very rewarding. Yet, so many mom’s become depressed when they see how their figure has changed drastically. Some women are blessed with losing the baby weight naturally from breastfeeding, while others need to work a little extra hard to change their lifestyle and return to their previous figure.
Losing the baby weight is not an impossible task; there are so many workouts you can do that helps tone back your body. You won’t be able to fully bounce-back to your previous figure, but shedding some of the extra pounds with a simple workout routine will make you feel more confident than ever. Consult your doctor about when is the best time to start working out and go for it! Below are some tried and tested workouts to help shed off that stubborn baby weight.
#1 Power Walking with your pushchair!
There are times when you want to take a walk with your baby in a pushchair through a park. Why not turn this simple routine into a fat-burning cardio plan as well? Start off with flat surfaces as you walk, then eventually make your way uphill when you’re ready. Warm up for 5 minutes at a slow pace, then increase your pace for another 5 minutes. Then, take bigger strides for 3 minutes, followed by a slightly slowed down pace for 5 minutes. Increase your pace again for 3 minutes and alternate it with faster strides. Slow down again for 5 minutes, then walk as fast as you can for 7 minutes. When you’re done, cool down with a slowing pace for 3 minutes. This 36-minute workout will do wonders for your body, and your baby will have fun in the fresh air!
#2 Belly Toning Exercises
Most of the baby weight is carried around your abdomen, so naturally some of the workouts you should do should revolve around your core muscles. These workouts help strengthen your abs and tone your belly. Try a Butterfly Chest Lift to tighten your tummy. Lie on the floor facing up, bend your knees while keeping the soles of your feet together and hands behind your head. Contract your abs and slowly lift your head, neck, and shoulders off the floor. Let your arms reach your feet, then return them to your head as you lie back down. Do around 10-15 reps for desired results.
#3 Leg and Glutes Exercises
Many new mothers gain baby weight in their lower body, so workouts for your leg muscles and glutes will help tone the body tremendously. Start off with a side leg lift to target your inner thighs, gluteal area, and your oblique muscles in the abs. Lie on your right side first, straighten your legs with a slight curve towards your torso, and rest your head on your upper right arm. Touch your heels together and turn your toes out. Lift one leg up about 6 inches, pause in a V position, and then lower 2 inches without touching the floor. Then, lift both legs also for 6 inches, pause, and then lower 2 inches. Do 10 reps each, then rest for a few seconds with your legs meeting. Move on to the other side and do 10 reps as well.
Try an inclined push-up with leg extension exercise to target your glutes, hamstring, and your arms. This exercise is perfect to do at home because you can use any furniture around your house to help. Choose a strong chair or table, place your hands shoulder-width apart, and bend elbows to the lower chest. Extend your legs behind you in a push-up position, lift one leg off the floor to reach your hip level, hold for 5 seconds and then lower it. Alternate legs for 10 reps each.
Get ready to shed some weight
Studies have shown that starting an exercise routine after birth is highly advisable. Not only do you shed some baby weight, but you also improve your overall health. This will greatly benefit new mothers to keep up their strength as well as reducing the risk of postpartum depression.