Work that body! Of the many pressures new mamas face after giving birth, the desire to get back to their pre-baby bod ranks pretty high for many women. New mamas want to get back in shape for more than aesthetic reasons (although that's clearly one motivating factor); moms have a lot of responsibility; they're often taking care of a newborn with very little sleep, and a healthy, strong body is essential. Even the most committed pre-baby gym rats will likely have a hard time making trips to the actual gym or yoga studio a priority, which is why at home workout DVDs are a major life (and butt) saver. Check out five workouts tailored to meet the needs and tastes of different mamas, and tell us: how did you get back in shape post-baby?
Here is a photo of hot mama Gwyneth leaving her gym, proving that she walks her talk.
She was quoted earlier this fall saying that new mothers should focus less on dieting and get to the gym and I couldn’t agree more. Losing the pregnancy weight is hard and cutting calories when you have a new baby and are sleep deprived can make a new mommy quite irritable.
On the other hand, exercising generally always feels good, it gives you energy and helps you sleep better (on those rare occasions when you do get to sleep). Remember, all new moms are as unique as their new babies. Some lose their pregnancy weight quickly and others retain it until they wean their babies. But getting strong and building muscle mass is always a good idea. When the weight comes off the muscles will show.
Fit’s tip: Make sure to consult with your Ob/Gyn before starting an exercise regimen, especially if you had a C section. And look for mommy and baby exercises classes at your gym or local YMCA.