Do you think back to the days pre-pregnancy and wish for your body back?
You are not alone! Many women all over the world have these thoughts and aim to get back into fitness and great health as quickly as they can after giving birth. It is down to you to decide whether it will remain just a thought or whether you will do something about it today. By making the decision to do something about it, you will change your life. Guaranteed.
Winding down your fitness regime (if you had one) may have been a godsend at the time; what with an aching back, foot ache and decreasing motivation in the fitness arena. But for many getting back into fitness post baby is high on the agenda. For some it is for the energy, vitality and zest for life it gives them. For others it is to regain or improve their body shape.
Whatever the reason, YOU are the only one that can do something about it. When you think of getting fit you may have many thoughts rushing through your mind. Maybe you wonder how you will fit it in around your new responsibilities as a mum.
Do you think about how you will afford to join a gym now you are buying an abundance of baby wipes, nappies and baby food with every shopping visit? Or you may wonder how you will muster up the motivation and energy to get fit again. For some making that first move is quite tricky and a big step. But listen, it doesn’t have to be that way!
If you are looking to boost your energy, mood and to get fit around your new lifestyle, don’t delay….
Here are 5 tips to get you started on your fitness journey.
- Start now. Don’t wait for a good time to get started. I will let you in on a little secret…. There isn’t a ‘perfect time!’ Stop the procrastination and do something right now. It doesn’t matter what that is. Focus on keeping active. That doesn’t mean an hour out of your day to exercise. You can keep active while fulfilling your day to day responsibilities; 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there… just keep active.
- Introduce walking into every day. Get outside whatever the weather. Walk for leisure with your little one as well as for function. Head to the shops, walk with your friends or spend time in the park with your partner and baby. Pushing the pushchair will help to tone your upper body as well as improve your cardiovascular fitness. Aim for 30 minutes walking every day. Don’t worry if you can’t do this straight away. Start small and build up. Every little bit counts.
- If you have a new born, carry them in your arms at every given opportunity. This will not only build a strong bond with your baby but will also strengthen and tone your upper body too.
- Set yourself some goals. This will keep you motivated and focused. Identify what it is you want to achieve. Is it related to fitness level, weight or image? Once you know what it is you want to achieve overall you can then start to identify how you will achieve it. For weight loss, you will want to focus on eating healthy and setting goals around keeping active every day. For increased fitness, you will want to focus on eating the right thing at the right time and setting goals around duration and intensity of your activities. For toning up you will want to focus on setting goals around resistance training as well as cardio AND flexibility training. Whatever your overall goal, make sure you set yourself achievable and realistic targets.
- Struggling to stay motivated? Why not join up with other mums and head to the park or join a ‘baby movers’ group in your local area.
All of these tips will get you started on your fitness journey and get you back to being the healthy, vibrant and energetic you. Why wait? Get started straight away! Gina Battye is the founder of the worldwide Health and Happiness Movement, best-selling author of ‘How to Beat the Biscuit Tin Blues’ and international inspirational speaker.
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