The postpartum period...
calls on moms to be as creative as possible! As if we haven't spent enough energy in our creative centers/wombs, right? Well, if you want to feel good and get back into your body it takes a daily practice. That doesn't mean the same thing over and over again and it doesn't mean you have to spend a ton of time working out!
Here are 3 of my favorite fit tips that you can do without leaving home:
Moms are always busy. So busy that our bodies don't know what to do when it's time to sleep. If you can take a few minutes to focus on your body through out the day, it may reduce anxiety and improve sleep! Whenever the kid/s are occupied (napping, playing, etc) move! Make it a game and figure out some activity to do for your body. I keep a resistance band in the bathroom and fit in 20-30 bicep reps, tricep reps, and shoulder rolls, usually while the kids are in the bath. If I'm in their room, I'll roll out my muscles, stretch, or do some push ups. Sometimes I'll put iTunes radio on my AppleTV and dance. Or I squeeze in random sets of leg lifts to tone the bum while making pb&j sandwiches in the morning! The point...you can do it! Try to be creative and pick a quick activity to add in throughout your day! I try not to count..reps, calories, etc. I move until I'm sore or interrupted and pick up later. If I miss a day or two, so what? A short daily routine can provide awesome results.
2. Pelvic Floor
Kegels, smegels! Yes, they have a place, but there are a few other ways to help tone and strengthen the pelvic floor that are more enjoyable (in my opinion). Lie down on the floor with your feet down and knees up at 90 degrees. Alternate lifting one thigh/bum off the ground, then the other. You should feel a pleasant sensation in the pelvic floor. Continue. Next, lift the pelvis and rotate...tip side to side, or move in a circle, and reverse. There are no hard and fast rules here. You should aim to feel a pleasant sensation...and you'll know what I mean as soon as you try it! These exercises help bring blood flow to the pelvic floor and can help raise a low libido.
3. Lazy core
Your body can rest when you sleep. And will rest better if you are physically active (even in short bursts) while you are awake. At the end of the day when you finally have 30 minutes or so in bed to relax, read, or watch TV, instead of lying there inactive, try this simple move...lift your knees. By lifting your knees you are engaging your core. Yes, it may seem weird and your partner may make a joke - but don't knock it until you try it. Toned abs while relaxing? Yes, please!
Being a mom takes hard work. Instead of feeling overburdened and overwhelmed, celebrate being the amazing multitasking women we are and make the most of every moment. Infuse your body and your life with love! Focus on feeling good.
And please, don't forget to be flexible. The kids will of course want to disrupt your flow...that is their #1 purpose in life!