5 Tips to Make Post-Baby Exercise a Success
TAKE IT SLOW
Once your doctor gives you the green light to start working out again, you'll want to choose exercises that are easy on your body, like yoga. For example, hold your newborn in front of you with your feet hip-width apart, then sit back in an imaginary chair and then stand and lift your baby high in the air. Not only will they love it, but you'll also work your legs at the same time.
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Once your baby arrives, you'll notice your stomach muscles aren't what they used to be. To work that area, sit on the floor and then lean back on your sitz bones and lift your legs up to a tabletop position in the air. Place your little one on top of your shins and hold the pose for a few breaths – this will strengthen your core and lower abs.
GO ON A STROLL
Walking is a great way to ease back into a workout routine. All you need is your baby and stroller and you're ready to roll. While you push, you'll tone your arms and upper body at the same time. Just make sure your diaper bag is filled with healthy snacks (raw almonds, baby carrots) and water so you can maintain your energy and stay hydrated.
Sleep is so important to repairing your body after welcoming a new baby into the world. And once you start exercising, it's just key. But everyone knows how hard it is for new moms to grab a few winks. When your hubby takes over, try to fit in a 20-to-25-minute workout and quick power nap.
When it comes to whipping your post-baby body back to its former shape, the yoga and Pilates expert knows what she's talking about. McGee's trained everyone from Bethenny Frankel to good pal Tina Fey (she once appeared on 30 Rock). She also works with dads – Steve Martin and wife Anne Stringfield are clients too.