Now that the baby is out, you may be thinking of entering your fitness journey. Aside from having a balanced diet and a good sleeping schedule, keeping your body moving is also important. Check out which postpartum exercise works for you below!
How soon can you start working out after giving birth? According to experts, you can begin as early as a few days.
The key is to listen to your body and start slowly. You can also ask for the help of your doctor, especially if you have a C-section.
Of course, nobody is expecting you to be able to complete a rigorous workout routine right away. So, we’re here to suggest how you can ease into an active lifestyle after months of carrying your baby.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists emphasised that postpartum exercise has these incredible benefits:
- Strengthens and tones abdominal muscles
- Boosts energy
- It helps prevent postpartum depression
- Promotes better sleep
- Relieves stress
- It enables you to lose the extra weight
5 Postpartum Exercise You Can Try
Here, we will get started with basic exercises. You won’t need any special equipment to follow these.
It’s time to get the stroller ready! Taking your baby out for a morning walk is the most practical postpartum exercise.
Set a schedule, preferably in the morning, where you can have quality time while taking a stroll in your neighbourhood or at a park. All you need is a good 10 to 15 minutes of walking time.
If you can find a path where there is an elevation, it would also be beneficial to your glutes.
You can also take it up a notch and wear a lightweight corset under your clothes during your walks to cinch your waist. We recommend Mama’s Choice Body Shaper Breathable Corset, which is made of a soft, non-abrasive, and breathable material.
2. Pelvic Floor Exercise
This is also known as the Kegel exercise. By now, you should be familiar with this as doctors also advise pregnant women to do this.
Now that you are postpartum, you should continue doing pelvic floor exercises. This will strengthen your muscles in the area and prevent complications like prolapse.
As a reminder, here is how you can do a Kegel exercise:
- Tighten your muscles as if you are stopping yourself from peeing
- Hold for 10 seconds
3. Heel Slides
If your goal is to strengthen your core system, doing heel slides is a great way to do that. You will feel and see the benefits in your abdominal and pelvic areas.
Here is how you can do basic heel slides:
- Lie on your back with both of your legs flat
- Slide one of your heels towards your butt, allow it to bend
- Hold this position for about 6 seconds
- Slide your heel back
- Slide the other one towards your butt
- Repeat steps 2 to 5, alternate between your legs
This should also give you a better posture which is essential in preventing issues such as sagging breasts.
4. Diaphragmatic Breathing
According to Healthline, diaphragmatic breathing is a postpartum exercise you can do immediately after giving birth. Doing so after a few days will help you relax and release stress.
Here is how can perform this exercise:
- Relax your body by releasing tension from your head to your toes
- Put one hand on your chest and another on your stomach
- Take a deep breath through your nose while keeping your chest still
- Hold this for 2 to 3 seconds
- Exhale slowly
You can do this while you are sitting or lying down.
Once you have regained your strength, you can start doing curl-ups. This will strengthen your back and abdominal muscles.
Here is how a simpler version of a curl-up that you can follow:
- Lie on your back with your hands on the side
- Lift your torso for about 90 degrees (It’s okay if you can’t go this far yet.)
- Reach for your knees and hold the position for about 3 seconds
- Slowly ease yourself to your first position
You may find it hard to lift your torso to the correct angle at first. However, as you progress, you should be able to do this more easily.
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This has a hook and eye closure that you can adjust depending on how tight or loose you need it to be.
This is an effective way to flatten your stomach, improve posture, and reduce back pain. Aside from that, it can also restore the size of the uterus and round ligaments to pre-pregnancy size.
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