Despite always being an active person, the demands of work and pregnancy meant that I didn’t do lots during the cooking of my too lovely little people. After both births, I felt distinctly ‘un-me’. I think the hardest thing was establishing a new way of fitting in exercise when suddenly someone else’s needs take priority.
Exercising is a mood booster and energy source so it’s something to get back to BUT gently. Mind, the mental health charity, lists walking or running with your buggy among their suggestions for how to prevent or overcome post-natal depression, a condition that affects two in every 10 British mothers.**
5 top tips on your return
1. To start with focus on walking and your pelvic floor exercises.
2. Next I recommend looking to rebuild some of your strength back with body weight, low impact exercises like squats & lunges. Classes like Buggy fit are good for this.
3. A low impact cardio like swimming or cycling is also great at this point but if that’s too much faff then just do fast walking with your buggy.
4. Set yourself a step goal to encourage general movement throughout the day. Smart watches or phones can track these for you and its rewarding to hit a goal.
5. Once you are strong enough to withstand the impact then you can embark on a run walk program like couch to 5k which over a long period of 8 weeks with gently guide you up to running nonstop.
The long term goal for a balanced body which can stand the test of time is incorporating the 3 fundamental of fitness into your routine; Stretching (Pilates/yoga) Cardio (running, biking, swimming, walking) and Strength (body weight or weights)