Get Moving! Mom and Baby Exercise
Exercise is often the last thing on the minds of many new moms, especially when taking into account what to do with a little one while you workout. You may be surprised to learn that there are a wealth of exercises you can do with your baby!
Many women celebrating the early months of motherhood share the same complaints: fatigue, lack of energy, and an inability to “get going.” The irony is that daily exercise has been proven to help increase stamina and improve bodily functions. Yet the 1999 Surgeon General’s Physical Activity and Health report reveals that women are less likely than men to be physically active. In addition, 60 percent of women aren’t getting enough exercise to provide them with the maximum benefits of wellness. This includes women of all ages—including those who have recently given birth.
Looking for more motivation to get moving? Consider the following benefits of exercise for moms:
- Healthier and stronger bones, muscles, and joints.
- Reduction in body fat and controlled weight level.
- Increased mental improvement, reducing occurrences for postpartum depression, anxieties, or stress.
Postpartum Exercises with Your Newborn
Having a baby in the house can sometimes feel overwhelming, and maintaining physical fitness may the last thing on a new mother’s mind; yet if you were exercising before and during pregnancy, or even if you’ve never exercised in your life, now is the perfect time to get started or revisit a fitness routine. Don’t want to take time away from your little one? You and your baby can even exercise together!
Before you begin, there are some things to keep in mind:
- Wear appropriate clothing that is lightweight and breathable, and avoid baggy or bulky clothing that can easily snag or cause you to trip. Also wear a supporting sports bra and footwear ideal for whatever type of exercise you are doing.
- Never force your baby or yourself to perform a pose.
- Stay hydrated and refrain from overworking yourself. Make sure to take breaks when you need them, and go slowly.
- Breastfeed before exercising to minimize your discomfort and help you avoid having plugged milk ducts from strenuous arm movements.
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