Are you a new mom looking to start a postpartum fitness routine? You’ve finally found a groove that works for you and your baby and you’re ready to start tending to yourself again. Here’s my advice: don’t rush it.
When I had a new baby, I started out slowly. I didn’t jump back into a postpartum fitness routine right away. I went to walks every day to get a dose of Vitamin D and to reacquaint my body with low impact movement. While I did do some light workouts while I was pregnant, it’s not like I was doing Crossfit. I had to take those baby steps and work up to more intense routines.
Here’s what I learned about how to get into a postpartum fitness routine.
Postpartum Fitness: Tips to start
As a first-time mom, in the early days of motherhood, I was just trying to figure out how to care for my new tiny human. I’ll admit, that initial weight loss that happened after delivery was awesome. For me, it was true that breastfeeding burned major calories. The hunger was real. I loved the “excuse” of eating more calories to keep up production.
However, it’s definitely not a sustainable plan. My life was consumed by feedings, naps, playtime, and all the other mom stuff in between. Postpartum fitness was the last thing on my mind.
Once I got into the swing of things, I tried to work out at home during my son’s naps. Some days I got a workout in. Other days, he’d inevitably wake up as soon as I was starting my workout. It was very hit or miss.
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