Having a baby changes everything. Your sleep schedule, your lifestyle, and your pant size. One of the most common questions new moms ask is how can I lose the baby weight?
Having the diligence to preform regular exercise and maintain a healthy diet is especially difficult as you have less sleep and free time than ever before. But it isn’t impossible! Here’s a few tips to help get your health and fitness back to where it was before baby.
Breastfeed Baby: Breastfeeding burns around 500 calories per day. It can help the pounds melt off quickly!
Get Moving: Always consult with your doctor before beginning any fitness regimen, but the common rule of thumb is to begin exercising 6 weeks after delivery. Start with low impact activities like walking, and join a post-partum fitness class like Baby Boot Camp.
Strength in Numbers: Joining a group of like-minded mommy’s can motivate you to work hard and keep you accountable to your fitness goals.
Get some sleep: Getting enough rest with a new baby can be difficult, but it’s important. As hours of sleep decrease, cortisol levels increase. Increased cortisol levels reduces a moms’ ability to metabolize calories efficiently. Try to sleep when baby sleeps and don’t overdo it on the caffeine.
Load up on Nutrients: New mothers need as much nutrition as they can get, so dieting is not the ideal way to lose weight right off the bat. Instead, make sure you are fueling your body with healthy, nutrient rich foods.
Last week, Urgent Care for Kids had the opportunity to work out with Baby Boot Camp in McKinney. Baby Boot Camp is a stroller fitness program that helps moms regain or enhance pre-pregnancy fitness levels. The group is both challenging and supportive. If you’re looking for a fun way to meet new friends and improve your fitness, groups like Baby Boot Camp are worth a try!