Motherhood has been the most splendid phase of my life, yet the extra pounds it brought for my body had my excitement waning for the first few months post-delivery. Fortunately, I was able to resolve the problem as I unlocked the key to getting back to shape by framing a balanced fitness regime that worked for me. The results were so fabulous and quick that I had people asking my secret and I am more than happy to share.
Jogging-The Best Exercise
My little bundle of joy makes sure that I have sleepless nights but I am very particular about my morning or evening jog as it not only helps me burn the calories but also de-stresses me after the long nights. One of the easiest exercises, jogging is super-effective for eliminating the stubborn post-partum fat and getting you back to your original shape. It also gives your lungs the much-needed oxygen ad relaxes your body and mind.
Gym-The Ultimate Fitness Destination
Besides my morning fitness spree in the park, I try to spend at least an hour in the gym 2-3 days a week. For me, mix and match of cardio and CrossFit worked as a great way to do it, as it added variety and made workout less boring. I started with a 20 minute session and gradually worked it up to 45mins to an hour a day, with warm up included. The idea is to bring the muscles back to shape and impart strength to the bones at the same time. I have been able to counter the post-partum issues like stress, depression and insomnia with the routine. My advice to new mommies is to consult their doctor for approval first, particularly if they have delivered through C-section.
Dance-Let your hair down!
Another amazing formula that helped me shed those stubborn post-delivery flab is something as amazing as shaking my leg a few minutes a day. Sometimes, those 15 minutes I spend dancing to my favorite song seems like the best time of the day. I make sure to steal this “me” time everyday between dirty diapers and unsterilized feeders and believe me, I love to do it!
For me, regaining my shape after the baby was a lesson for a lifetime, as I realized that I need to lead a balanced and healthy lifestyle to be fit in body and mind. I made some diet rectifications, such as eating fresh food rather than preserved ones, cutting down on sugar, oily food and alcohol. Drinking plenty of water, during workout and otherwise, is another tip I can give to fellow mothers as it clears toxins and suppresses appetite. I also perform some simple yogasanas that make my body supple and alleviate stress.
The final word I have for new mommies is to be patient with their bodies and not punish them as rewards may come gradually but they will be there for sure. You just have to frame the right fitness regime as I have because everybody is made different and loses weight in a different manner.