As a new mom, you might feel a little out of sorts. Your hormones are all over the place. There's a newborn depending on you for help. There's also a few extra pounds you didn't sign up for. If you'd like to return those pounds back to sender, there are a few ways you can gradually work on your body and maintain optimal health. Remember that it took nine months to put on the baby weight. You're not going to lose it in two months. Remember to consult your doctor before moving forward with any workout regimen. Even with the doctor's permission, give yourself grace and time to work the weight off with these tips.
1. Stroller Walks
If the weather is warm and appropriate for a baby's comfort, go for walks in the stroller. Start by going to a few parks. Find a few hills as the inclines are excellent for providing some workout resistance. Put on your favorite podcast or some tunes and start walking with the baby. Make sure the music isn't loud because if the baby is crying, you want to be able to hear them. You can make this a part of your personal routine. If you have more than one child, purchase a double stroller. The double stroller on an incline adds even more resistance and will help you as you're working to drop weight. As your body gets stronger, add ankle weights or a weighted vest to help you. Resistance and cardio are an excellent combination to make the fat melt away.
Nutrition is so important because it fuels your body. Plus, you can easily undo the hard work from a workout by indulging in unhealthy food all day. Fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains are very helpful for losing weight. It's important to remember to drink lots of water and incorporate healthy snacks. You never want to be in a position where you're hungry. Healthy snacks like watermelon, strawberries or carrots with hummus are great options. Air-popped popcorn is a healthy snack and you can add a few seasonings like garlic powder and onion powder to make it more flavorful.
3. Weighted Exercises
Just like the weighted vest and ankle weights can help you in the process of shedding the pounds, other weighted exercises will help you burn the calories as well. Weight training burns calories long after the workout is over. Log on sites like YouTube and check out videos where mothers use their babies as weights. It's a perfect opportunity for you to play and bond with your baby while you shed the pounds. Enjoy the benefits of squats while holding your baby in your arms. Mothers are natural multi-taskers and this is a prime example.
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