From starting and taking care of your new family, to making sure the house does not burn down, to keeping up with your 9-5 job, sometimes it feels like you’re the only new mom out there who’s been Google-ing “how to lose pounds” or “how to gain back weight after giving birth” every night before getting your usual 2-3 hour sleep. But don’t let the social media world fool you. You’re not the only one, Mommy.
A lot of new moms are into mommy fitness nowadays no matter how busy the day-to-day life is. That’s why we’ve got these tips to help you stay fit like the Super Mom that you truly are!
1. Listen to your doctor
Although we understand that you want to get back on track as soon as possible, it’s important to listen to your doctor’s recommendation. If your physician suggests to start working out 6 weeks post-natal, then start your workout 6 weeks after — not any time earlier than that. Doing your exercise earlier than suggested may cause a longer recovery period.
2. Prioritize exercise
Always remind yourself that squeezing in even at least 15 minutes of exercise every day is essential in taking care of your family — because we all know that is at the top of your list of priorities. If you make time to stay active, you have more energy to focus on your family.
3. Develop your own routine
If you can’t squeeze in a full 30-45 minute workout into your everyday mom schedule, they key is breaking it up. Hit two birds with one stone by playing around with your kids for some 20 minutes, going for a 15 minute walk during lunch or while doing errands, and doing stretches for 10 minutes while you wait for the laundry to finish. With that, you’ve successfully completed a 45 minute workout.
4. Let the junk food go
Stay fit doesn’t just involve working out. It has a lot to do with lifestyle choices as well. Instead of sticking with chicken fingers and mac and cheese, go with fresh fruits and lean protein. This will not only benefit you, but the whole family as well as it promotes healthy eating within the entire household.
5. Breastfeed for weight loss
Yes, you read that right! Breastfeeding can speed up weight loss. So while you’re ensuring your baby gets the nutrients he or she needs from you, you are also helping your body burn up to 500 calories per day and your uterus contract to help your stomach flatten faster!
6. Celebrate every victory
It’s not going to be easy, Mommy, but once you put in the work, you’ll reap the results. So keep at it and watch your confidence build up as you notice even the smallest changes in your body. Give yourself a pat on the back after every achievement and remind yourself that you can take your time because you’re doing this mostly for your own fitness and wellbeing!
These tips can not only help you achieve your ultimate mommy fitness goals, but they can help you create the mind and body you need to provide for and nurture your family. You’ve got this, Mommy! We believe in you!