There are so many changes during and after pregnancy: joints and muscles can weaken; you don't feel like yourself, you're tired.
Doctors usually recommend waiting 6-8 weeks after delivering to resume workouts, and you want to be sure to start in again SLOWLY. Lots of personal trainers will agree that you don't necessarily have to do everything in ONE"take" at a gym -- keep moving in spurts throughout day around your house WILL burn calories (I started with cleaning my own house, doing pushups against my countertop before and after brushing my teeth). If you exercise in short spurts during day, it will burn extra calories and add up. A FUN way is to include your baby.
Start With Your Own Stroller:
Stroller Strides is a HOT workout for moms. Bring up a sweat with your babies in stroller - franchised classes in 1300 locations nationwide, business started by one-time Home & Family guest, Lisa Druxman (Fit4Mom.com). Try these Stroller Strides inspired moves in and around your neighborhood while walking your baby!
Core exercises with baby:
• Classic sit-ups – work your abs by doing classic sit-ups, all while baby rests on your stomach! Start with 3 sets of 12 and increase the reps as the exercise becomes easier. • Planks – hold your body up in the plank position while your baby lies under you. Start with 20 seconds and work your way up! This will work your whole body, with a special focus on your core and arms! • Leg lifts – lie on your back, legs straight out. Place your baby on your stomach. Raise your legs until they're perpendicular to the floor. Holding your core tight, take 3 to 5 seconds to lower your feet as close to the floor as you can. Once your feet touch the floor, raise them back to the starting position and repeat. 3 sets of 10, increasing reps as the leg lifts get easier to perform. Have fun and remember – It took you nine months for your body to be as it is now. It's not a race! Take your time and do it right while you get your body back into shape. The 4moms Origami Mini Stroller is available at 4moms.com.