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Most new mothers want to do something proactive to get back in shape. Whether your goal is postpartum weight loss, improving muscle tone, or simply continuing an exercise routine like you have always done, it will require a bit of thought when you have a newborn baby. But you can include a postpartum exercise routine into your daily schedule. If you are wondering how, we have some tips for you.

Remember that two 15 minute work outs are just as good as one 30 minute work out. What matters is the total time you spent exercising. If you can manage three ten minute work outs while your baby sleeps, you have achieved a lot! Think outside of the box! Any physical activity is exercise, even if that means counting running around your mall shopping with a baby. Just as there are many benefits of yoga during pregnancy, yoga is a great and gentle way to help you recover from childbirth, too. And the best part? Many yoga instructors also offer mom and baby classes, so that you can take your baby with you and get your new little one used to the relaxation and exercise yoga offers too.

If you gave birth vaginally and had an uncomplicated birth, you can start working out as soon as you feel comfortable. If you had a c-section, you will have to wait a little longer. Working out is very important after a cesarean though, and you can read about exercises for c-section recovery here. If you are limited to working out in the comfort of your own home, with your baby close to you, you are not alone. Are you looking for some motivation or inspiration? I have always found YouTube to be a particularly useful resource for finding short but powerful work out routines of nearly any kind.

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