Many people swear they have the ‘secret recipe’ to losing baby weight or getting fit. Firstly, let’s be clear on a few mega details.
Numero uno: A woman’s body after having a child is a loaded topic. Our bodies are crazy strong and capable of so much amazingness.
“What we do to feel like ourselves again is up to us because returning to you isn’t only about fitness – it’s holistic wellness.”
In my experience, it wasn’t about weight loss, it was about returning to sense of ‘me’. A sense that I again could occupy my own body. I am proud of what my body can do. It’s nothing short of mind-blowing.
Numero dos: not everyone wants or cares about so called ‘losing the baby weight’.
But, if you are adamant about getting back to ‘you’ and part of that journey means shaving off a bit of the extra baby weight, there is a way you can do it like I did. I personally tried to tune the noise out and just focus on feeling good inside and out after giving birth.
A lot of people commented on how I lost the weight or how different I looked, but I just kept my eye on the ‘feeling good’ and like my ‘old self again’ prize. That was really important to me.
And it paid off.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO FIRST ON YOUR POSTPARTUM FITNESS JOURNEY:
101 HOW TO LOSE THE BABY WEIGHT
To achieve well rounded health plan that sticks, there are a couple take away points to consider before starting:
Get Medical Clearance First. Before you start your fitness plan, you want to make sure you’re healthy and everything is okay internally. Beyond that make sure you are feeling up to it. Societal pressures make women feel they must look a certain way in general, never mind after having a baby. Do you, and do what works for you.
#FitnessGoals or as I’d like to call it #ActivityGoals. Get your health and fitness goals in check. This includes both movement based activity and eating. Ah ah ah, you thought I would forget about that, huh?
Figure out what works for you. Not everything works for your body after birth, so pay attention to what feels good and what doesn’t throughout your activity and eating routines.
Excellent, now that you’ve cleared those hurdles, check out my routine that helped me get back to where I was postpartum after only 9 weeks.
GETTING THE RIGHT PLAN TO LOSE THE BABY WEIGHT
Getting the right combination of activities that works for you is
key. For me and many other women postpartum, there were several areas of focus.
“Sleep, eating and activity play a massive role in a woman’s health and mental health postpartum, therefore it is paramount that you can adapt your plan with not only you as a person but with your changing lifestyle now that you have the little one.”
Because stress also plays a factor in overall health, fitness and wellbeing, we need to keep it in check. For more information on mental health in the context of parenting, download our FREE guide on Mindful Parenting and gain full confidence and balance by registering for our Mindful Parenting course. Spaces limited.
MY WORKOUT ROUTINE TO LOSE THE BABY WEIGHT AT A GLANCE
Cardio, cardio and more cardio. 10-20 minutes high intensity.
My endurance was poorer than it had ever been.
Loss of muscle during pregnancy. Rebuilding it. 30-40 minutes depending on if it’s core, legs/buns or arm day…
Focus on core, legs/buns and arms. Have certain days of the week you focus on each, however for me I really focused on my core and legs because those were the areas I felt I lost muscle.
Strength and flexibility training. 10-20 mins
Having a baby is a testimony to your strength. Let’s continue that, babies only get heavier to carry!
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Be good to yourself,