Having a baby can be one of the most joyful times of a woman's life, on the other hand, it can also leave you feeling overwhelmed and alienated with your own body! That's why we've teamed up with Korin Nolan to bring you her top tips for getting back in shape.
As a new mum myself, I know only too well these feelings and getting back into shape over the last year since the birth of my daughter Olivia has played a huge part in my postpartum recovery, both physically and mentally.
Here are some of my top tips to help you get there!
1. Don't be too hard on yourself.
You’ve just had a baby, so this is no time to punish yourself with gruelling workout regimes and strict diets. Start to introduce exercise slowly back into your life and aim to eat a balanced and nutritious diet that will benefit both you and baby if you’re breastfeeding.
Stick to low impact exercise. As the pregnancy hormone ‘relaxin’ is still present in the body up to five months after you’ve had a baby (longer if you’re breastfeeding) you’re body is more prone to injury. Therefore, it’s important to keep a close eye on your technique and alignment and not perform any high impact exercises until you are physically ready, as these are more likely to cause injury.
2. Keep your workouts short.
No doubt you will be tired (it comes with the territory I’m afraid) and no doubt there will be interruptions, shall we say? Plus, if you are just getting used to working out again, it’s more motivating knowing that you’ll be done in twenty to thirty minutes rather than an hour plus. You can do a perfectly effective short workout, as long as you do the right kind of workout. For me, I the most effective workout was Pilates and Low Impact HIIT, the perfect combination for weight loss, tone and strength.
3. Avoid the snacks.
It’s easy when you’re tired and time starved to grab the easiest thing to hand, but most likely this means sugary sweet treats which will leave you with pit falls that just make feel worse, not to mention make you gain weight. My advice is to get rid of all sugary, fatty snacks in your kitchen and replace them with healthy snacks such as nuts, seeds, bananas, yoghurts, cottage cheese and rice cakes. If they’re not there, you’ll not eat them!
4. Up your protein intake.
Protein keeps you fuller for longer and will help you build lean muscle. Most women don’t eat enough protein in their diets, especially if they workout. In this case it’s even more important to up your protein intake, as protein acts like building blocks to repair muscle after exercise. Always include protein at every meal and if you find it difficult, you could include a protein shake in your daily diet, just make sure you chose a natural protein powder like Neat Nutrition.
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