A new addition to the family is bound to affect your schedule and make ‘you time’ difficult to come by, but making time to take care of yourself is so important for your mental health.
While it may have been a non-negotiable part of your daily routine before bub, exercise is often the first thing to fall by the wayside – when you’ve been awake all night with a crying little one, a 5am Pilates class is not a priority.
Need some tips on staying fit as a new mum? We’ve got you covered.
Get some fresh air
Getting outdoors for a sweat session can be tricky with a new bub, so why not bring them with you? Tuck bub into the pram, put in your headphones and hit the pavement – the added resistance will only burn more calories. Better yet, enlist some friends and make it a regular event so you can catch up while you work out (we call it incidental exercise).
Sculpt and tone while you watch TV
Cassey Ho is the queen of abs and develops whole body workouts for all fitness levels, that sculpt and tone using only your body weight – check out her YouTube channel for easy-to-follow ab blasters that you can do from the comfort of your living room while baby sleeps. PSA: there’s serious burn factor.
Set up a circuit in your living room
No gym? No problem. If you’ve got a wall, a floor and a chair, then you’ve got yourself a circuit. Body weight exercises like lunges, push ups, squats and crunches don’t require any equipment and can have you working up quite the sweat. This circuit workout from PopSugar will have you done and dusted in 20 minutes flat.
Yoga is a fantastic way to strengthen your core, increase your heart rate, stretch out your body and unwind – really, it ticks all the boxes. There are a whole host of affordable apps available for phones and tablets to demonstrate and take you through yoga sequences that will leave you feeling bendy and mellow. Try Yoga Studio or Fitstar yoga – BYO yoga mat and you’re set.