Post-Pregnancy: Getting Back Into A Fitness Routine
When you have a new baby, you have a lot to celebrate! You also have many adjustments to make. Late night feedings, less sleep and seemingly never-ending diaper changes are just a few of the things you need to get familiar with. Long-term weight gain does NOT have to be one of these changes! Being a parent, its important to deliver your best and stay strong and healthy for your children, not to mention be a good example. It’s all about discipline and schedule. Easing back into an exercise routine will not only help you get your body back after baby but it can boost your mood and increase energy levels…this goes for Dad too!
If you’re a new mom, get started as soon as you’re given the “OK” by your physician. Waiting for the “perfect time”, when you have more energy, more time – all excuses! Putting off your workout now makes it that much harder to get back into it later.
Always consult with your physician before starting any post natal exercise program. The safety of exercise is very individualized depending on several factors including whether you’ve had a c-section and how physically active you were before and during pregnancy. For some, doctors may advise against any exercise other than walking for the first 6-12 weeks. Others may be able to return to exercise sooner than that. Qualified Body Buster Instructors are happy to provide modifications and support to ensure members can ease back into a safe fitness routine.
Benefits of Exercising Post – Baby:
- Raises energy levels
- Promotes weight loss
- Restores muscle strength and cardiovascular conditioning
- Relieves stress
- Helps strengthen abdominal muscles
- Time to work on yourself – YOU time
Testimonial From a Body Buster Member:
Getting back into shape after pregnancy can be a very challenging task! I began my journey with Body Buster Fitness only nine weeks after having a caesarean section and I could not be happier with my choice to join this fitness group. It has been a great way to spend some time focusing on myself during the craziness that encompasses being a new mom. I was nervous that there would be some exercises that I would not be able to participate in due to my recent surgery; I was pleased to discover that the instructor was more than willing to modify any exercise that I felt uncomfortable doing. Her professionalism and education in fitness and movement left me feeling very confident that I was in good hands. Body Buster also allows its members to miss up to two classes per program and make them up at another time and this flexibility was one of the many reasons I chose Body Buster as opposed to any other fitness group. As you can imagine, there any many sleepless nights and unpredictable days with a newborn! In only a short period of time, I have seen significant results and plan to continue transforming myself into the happy, healthy, and well-balanced woman I want my children to look up to. I would encourage any new mom (or dad!) to give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!
-Leanne, Body Buster Member – Langley, BC