How To Get Back Into Shape After Pregnancy
Forget about the pictures you see of famous celebrities sporting tiny waists just days after giving birth and looking a million dollars while doing so. In the real world, different people respond differently to the dramatic changes that giving birth has on their body.
While it is possible to get back to the shape you were before pregnancy, it is also important not to set yourself unrealistic targets – such as losing two stone in just a matter of weeks. In order to do so, you will be living on an unsustainable diet that and, once you return to your normal lifestyle, will end up putting the weight back on.
Small Manageable Goals
It is okay not to rush straight back to the gym after giving birth, and it is perfectly fine not to be living on a diet consisting exclusively of salads. This is an important time in your life where you should be devoting all of your attention to your new-born child.
Of course, this can also be a highly stressful period for mothers, especially those who have just had their first baby, as they get to grips with the changes in their life. Exercise, by releasing endorphins, helps to improve your mood, fighting against any mental health problems that some mothers may suffer from after childbirth.
Set yourself a small target for the first few weeks – ideally, these should be attainable with small amounts of exercise (two or three 30-minute sessions of cardio a week) and a balanced diet. Begin with easy sessions and slowly pump up the intensity of your exercise over the weeks as you build up your fitness levels.
The hormone also increased the density of bones, making them much more resistant and overall healthier. We’re not just talking about arm or leg bones here, but spinal bones and hip bones which can pose quite a problem in the later stages of life.
Pregnancy can have long-term effects on the body that a healthy style may not be able to overturn, such as loose skin and stretch marks. This is why some new mothers opt for cosmetic surgery to address these issues and to help regain self-confidence.
One popular surgery with new mothers is an abdominoplasty, which helps to remove loose skin that can be stubborn to lose with exercise and healthy eating. This is a common issue among new mothers and many who have undergone dramatic weight loss.
The cost of a tummy tuck does vary dependent on the service provider, who will always say to the patient that while this is a quick-fix to getting rid of loose skin, this should always be accompanied with a healthy lifestyle. If the patient returns to an unhealthy diet, consuming fatty foods, the results of the surgery will be reversed.
The worst thing that anyone can do when it comes to getting back into the routine of exercise is to make the activity feel like a chore. Exercise is something that you should want to do, as opposed to feeling like you have to do.
To beat this negative thought process, find yourself a gym buddy to workout with. Make exercise a social event, as this way you will look forward to your sessions, and you will find that you will push yourself even more with someone else. If possible, try and find a friend to workout with who has a similar athletic ability to yourself, as you can push each other.
It is also important to mix up your routine, otherwise, this will eventually become boring and your motivation will decrease. If running makes up a large part of your exercise, then change your route or, if you run on a treadmill, do not be afraid to spend more time on other cardio machines in the gym.
Do not become frustrated if your fitness levels are not what they once were, and you feel as though you are struggling to reach levels that just a year ago you found easy. This will all come as time progresses.
The worst thing that anyone can do when they set themselves the goal to lose weight is to completely exclusive junk food. By not allowing yourself junk food or a cheat meal, this only makes you want it, even more, thus making it more likely to cave in and binge eat.
Allow yourself at least one cheat meal per week, and do not feel bad about doing so. Even professional athletes allow themselves to have a cheat meal after an event, so you as a new mother are entitled to a slice or more of pizza on a Saturday night. Think of this as your treat for all of your exercise and, most importantly, bringing a child into the world.
All new mothers want to get back into the shape they were before pregnancy hit, and to do so it is important to be patient and not be too hard on yourself. This is an important time for both you and your baby’s life, so do not feel burdened by the pressures of losing weight.