It took me 20 months to getting back into a fitness routine and lose my pregnancy weight. I was patient with my body. I focused on core recovery, moving pain-free, getting stronger and nourishing my body. I worked out to have more energy and to improve my mood. I lost my pregnancy weight and got my muscular definition back while I enjoyed getting back into a fitness routine journey.
My Top 3 Tips in Getting Back into a Fitness Routine:
1. Start slow and be patient with your body.
Avoid trying to lose weight quickly by restricting your calories, especially if you are trying to support milk production. Set sustainable goals that focus on rebuilding core strength and returning to favorite activities versus focusing on the number on the scale. During the first few weeks postpartum, you should focus on breathing exercises, pelvic floor activation and short walks at an easy pace.
2. Aim for daily movement
Once you are cleared for exercise by your doctor, aim for daily movement. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) advises that “Women should develop an exercise program that leads to an eventual goal of at least 20-30 minutes/day of moderate intensity on most- if not all- days of the week.”
Start with shorter Britsbarre Express classes and pair them with walking to support weight loss.
3. Listen to your body
Avoid any movements that cause bulging or accidental leakage.
Britsbarre classes are ideal for new moms because they are low impact, rebuild core strength, and focus on developing muscular endurance and definition.
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