5 Tips to Make Post-Baby Exercise a Success

From simple yoga moves you can do at home to getting a good night's sleep, fitness trainer Kristin McGee shares ways to ease back into shape

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TAKE IT SLOW

TAKE IT SLOW
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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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REFRESH YOURSELF

REFRESH YOURSELF
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Just like the little ones, moms need snacks to keep them energized and healthy. I love replenishing with CalNaturale Svelte organic protein shakes. They’re delicious and they provide the nutrients we all need, 11g of protein, 5g of fiber and 180 calories.

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LIFT AWAY

LIFT AWAY
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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.

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GO ON A STROLL

GO ON A STROLL
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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.

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REST OFTEN

REST OFTEN
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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.

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KRISTIN MCGEE

KRISTIN MCGEE

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.

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