The postpartum time is a time of learning how to care for this tiny human you created and dealing with his or her needs; however, it is also a time of great physical and emotional healing for YOU! Often as new moms we put all our needs, wants, dreams, and goals on the back burner and get ready to settle into our “mommy role”, but in reality we need to take care of ourselves first so that we can function at full capacity and be the best mommies we can be!
I have been helping busy mamas for close to 3 years now, and I today I am sharing my Top 6 Tips for Postpartum Health and Fitness. I encourage you to give these tips a try to help you get into a healthy routine postpartum!
*** Always allow your body the time it needs to heal after having a baby and ensure that you have been given the "OK" by your Health Care Professional before starting any exercise routine.***
1. Get Yourself In The Right Mindset
Number one step for my clients is always to create a list of goals, if you don’t have a goal(s) to work towards you are 10X more likely to quit on yourself. Make a list of small and big goals, and give yourself time frames ranging between days and years. Do not make all your goals physical either. Health is about mind body and spirit!
Let's Get Real!
Your kids are not an excuse not to make health food and workout. You may have to workout with a crying baby in the swing next to you, and a crazy 4 year old running in circles around you (or between your legs). If this is how you have to do it, then this is your reality and that’s OK!
It won't always be perfect!
You may have to stop to change a poopy diaper or get someone a snack. You just have to do the best that you can each day, and not use these things as an excuse to give up.
2. There is no QUICK FIX!
There’s no magical way to take off "baby weight", so please, I beg you, do not even start looking for one.
Healthy eating habits and daily physical activity
Just about everyone who’s serious about nutrition does some form of meal planning/prep each week. That’s where you cook (or prepare to cook) a few things in advance so they’re ready during the week when you’re the busiest. I personally prep all of my meals at the beginning of the week (Sunday or Monday), so I can get the grunt work out of the way. Then when I'm strapped for time during the week, half of the work it is already done.
Remember, most of your results
come from your nutrion!
4. Drink Water!
- Drinking 1 glass of water 30 minutes before eating helps digestion
5. Find Physical Activity That WORKS FOR YOU!
I also suggest trying to do something in or close to the house for the time being, because getting out to a gym can seem daunting to a new mom.
6. Get Yourself Some Accountability
Having an accountability person or group gives you that extra ‘oomph’ of encouragement to get your workouts in, inspiration for new meal ideas so you actually do your meal prep every week, and motivation to keep making yourself a priority every single day.
No matter how excited you start off, eventually you’re going to have a day (or a week, or a month) where you’re motivation wanes and your excuses win out. Real-life mental obstacles we all struggle against, like sleepless nights, comfort foods, stressful schedules, and blah moods.
That’s where accountability partners/groups can swoop in and save the day.
Accountability is an integral part of what I do and it is the key to continuing your Postpartum Health & Fitness journey and then making it into a lifelong commitment!
Ana is a mom of two children, her son Santiago (4) & daughter Valentina (6 months). After battling postpartum depression for the first 15 months of her son’s life, she realized what an impact taking control of her own health and fitness made and wanted to share her experience and support other mamas on their postpartum journeys.
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