Working Out as a Mum
First of all, if you want sympathy because you’re a busy mum, this isn’t the article for you. Everybody knows how difficult it is to be a mum and have time for other things but if you keep this closed-minded attitude you will not achieve results. If you’re still reading this article, you probably have the mentality and determination to get rid of that post-natal weight so here are some things you can do you to shed the fat.
Probably the best place to start after childbirth would be any form of yoga. Your joint health and overall mobility will have been impacted by lack of movement during that 9-month period. Hot yoga specifically is a great way to break a sweat and prepare your body and mind for future punishment. This is also a great way to ease yourself back into exercise after the tumbleweeds have been rolling around the gym.
Onto the biggest challenge of being a mum. limited time. The difference between the fit mums and the not-so-fit mums is how organised their schedule is. Here are some of the top suggestions to ensure there is always time a hardcore workout.
- Sign your child up for a class – Depending on the age of your loved one, sign them up for something. It doesn’t matter what it is, football, playschool, dance, you name it. Make your children busy and use that time to be active yourself!
- Child care – Every mum should be entitled to a break from the demand of mothering. Prepare time for nannies, aunties or even dad to look after the baby. Use that time to get down to the gym or even to just recover from all previous session. Remember recovery is just as important as training.
- Exercise with the baby – So you’ve tried everything. It’s just not ‘working out’ for you. You haven’t been the gym all day and you have the responsibility of your beloved youngen for the rest of the day. Well, here’s an idea! Bring the gym to your child. There are plenty of home workouts that you can involve the baby in. It’s fun for everybody!
So now you have no excuses, what is stopping you from getting fit?
Getting back to the gym
So, your body has survived rehab and you’re ready to kill it at the gym. Childcare sorted, bags packed, and you’re primed for a good session. Hang on? What about the workout. What do you do? HIIT is what you do. High-Intensity Interval Training is basically short bursts of intense exercise with a small amount of rest time. It’s proven as one of the most effective ways to shed fat as quickly as possible. If this is too difficult, you should seriously consider general cardio. Cycling, running and pretty much anything you can think of. It’s recommended that you consider breast support when taking part in post-natal exercise to limit stretching and protect your breasts. You could invest in a good quality sports bra, this seems to be more popular option amongst most women, but high-end sports bras cost a surprising sum of around $50. If you’re looking for more protection for a cheaper price, then breast support bands maybe for you (especially if you’re large breasted) Boobuddy are a great company that provide top quality breast support bands. Whatever you decide to do, ensure that you look after your breasts when you exercise as you are much more likely to damage them after pregnancy.
Hopefully, this article was helpful for you in your mission to be a super-mum!