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How To Fit Postnatal Exercise Into Your Busy Schedule

Jun 24, 2008
Congratulations! You have had your baby. Now what? No doubt, your time is being split in ways you may never have thought possible. With a new baby constantly reminding you of your daily obligations, it becomes increasingly difficult to carve out time for your own well-being.

This may be especially true when it comes to postnatal exercise. Post-natal exercise is the term given to the strengthen and toning workouts that women do after they have gone through the birthing process. For new mothers, there are many benefits to incorporating postnatal exercise into your daily routine that will help with the overall recovery of your body. Some of the benefits include:

* Feeling a lot better because postnatal exercise can make a significant impact on your return to your pre-pregnancy weight because it speeds up your metabolism and helps with the overall healing process.
* Better mental and psychological recovery because postnatal exercise can help reduce stress. You have so much on you now, you will learn to enjoy every stress-easing opportunity that comes your way.
* Higher energy level. Yes, you can increase your energy level with postnatal exercises. With a new baby, less sleep, and more stuff to accomplish everyday, you need as much energy as you can get.

But the question remains, how do you squeeze it in? Here are some sneaky ways to get a workout in, a couple are with one of your best workout partners ever...your baby!

1. Walk with your baby. Go for long, brisk walks while pushing your baby in the stroller.

2. Have multiple low impact aerobic videos available, of varying lengths. That way, you can workout according to the time you have available. If you have 20 minutes, do a 20 minute workout. Have an hour, then get a good 60 minute session in.

3. Kegel exercises can be done all of the time. You do these by contracting and releasing the muscles in your pelvic floor. You can find them the next time you use the bathroom. While you are urinating, stop the flow. That's it. Those are the muscles and that is the contracting that you will need to do. But, as you can see, it can be done at just about anytime, and no one will even know that you are working out.

4. Try one of those mommy and me postnatal exercise classes. This will take a little coordination of your schedule, but if you plan to take them consistently, then they will actually become a part of your routine.

5. While you lay with your child during tummy time, you can do some light leg lifts or even a few pelvic tilts as you watch your baby.

Postnatal exercise is most effective when its done consistently. Most of the exercises work best when you do a lot of repetitions. The key thing to remember with postnatal exercise is that it is a process. Your body is not a rubber band, and it may not snap back in its total pre-preg shape overnight. It may take a little time and effort. But, by doing a little bit here and a little bit there, before you know it, you will start to look and feel a whole lot better!

The miracle of pregnancy is just that, a miracle. However we do have to take action in the real world to look out for the physical vessel bringing the new life to us, the mom. Take a leading role in your own physical condition, by visiting the site below. It was designed for moms by a mom.
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