Poppy is over 7 weeks old now and if I’m honest I’m eating and lazing about as if I’m still pregnant. With a couple of holidays booked this year, one being centreparcs, I really need to improve my health and fitness as I was overweight before I got pregnant. A growing number of women are getting fit by joining post-natal classes and trying to get back in shape once they have been given the all clear from their doctors at their 6 week postnatal check. I have felt well in myself from about 3 weeks postnatal, I started off walking but I’m now ready to up my exercise game. It’s important to remember not to push yourself too soon after birth though. Social media has been providing me with plenty of fitness inspiration, #postnatalfitness has over 50k associated posts.
Thankfully many gyms and personal trainers have recognised the gap in the market for postnatal classes. A lot of gyms now offer specialised post-natal classes to help new mums become fitter. Most classes allow mums to bring their babies with them, which I think is great. I will be checking out my local gym to see if they have any classes on.
Personally I find getting out and exercising improves my mood. Being at home all day really affects my mental health, I try to get out walking at least 3 times a week. For days when I can’t get out I’m planning on doing some work outs at home. Me and Andy used to workout together so hopefully I can get him to join me again for a bit of moral support.
Here’s a quick workout you can do at home
· Plank – 45-60 seconds
· Jack-knifes – 25 reps
· Crunches – 25 reps
· Squats – 25 reps
· Jumping lunges – 25 reps each leg
· Sprint – 30 second, repeat 3 rounds
· Mountain climber – 25 each leg
· Press ups – 25 reps
For an extra boost before your workout, protein bars and shakes will help you push yourself harder to achieve maximum results.
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