At Longevity Nexum, we know first hand that pregnancy and childbirth are major milestones in a woman’s life. As much as they bring joy and excitement, they also come with a number of physical and emotional changes. If you’ve recently given birth and are looking to return to exercise, you may be feeling overwhelmed or unsure of where to start. In this blog, we’ll provide you with some tips to help you safely get back into an exercise routine after pregnancy.
- Consult with your healthcare team: Before starting any exercise program, it’s important to consult with your doctor, physiotherapist and kinesiologist. They’ll be able to assess not only your overall health to make sure you’re ready for physical activity, but also provide guidance on what exercise is safe and effective for you. They may also provide you with specific recommendations based on your individual circumstances.
- Start slow: After giving birth, your body needs time to recover. Don’t expect to be able to jump right back into your pre-pregnancy exercise routine. Start with light, low-impact activities like walking or gentle yoga and gradually increase intensity and duration as you build strength.
- Focus on core and pelvic floor: After pregnancy, your core and pelvic floor muscles may be weakened. Incorporating exercises that target these areas, such as pelvic tilts, bridges, and planks, can help to improve stability and reduce the risk of injury.
- Stay hydrated: Exercise after pregnancy can be challenging, so it’s important to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercise to help your body recover and perform at its best.
- Listen to your body: Your body will be going through a lot of changes after pregnancy, and it’s important to listen to it. If you feel any pain or discomfort, stop exercising and talk to your doctor. Pay attention to your body’s signals and don’t push yourself too hard too fast.
- Incorporate strength training: As you regain strength and endurance, consider adding strength training exercises to your routine. This can help you build muscle, improve posture, and reduce the risk of injury.
- Make it fun: Finally, it’s important to make exercise enjoyable. Find activities that you enjoy and make time for them regularly. Whether it’s taking a walk in the park, attending a yoga class, or playing with your baby, find something that you look forward to and stick with it.
- See a Registered Kinesiologist: The experts in movement under unique circumstances are Kinesiologists. It is important to go to someone with extensive knowledge and education in the human body and movement in order to have a successful return to exercise.
In conclusion, returning to exercise after pregnancy can be a challenge, but it’s also an opportunity to prioritize your health and well-being. By starting slow, focusing on core and pelvic floor, staying hydrated, and making it fun, you can safely get back into an exercise routine and achieve your fitness goals. Just remember to listen to your body and consult with your doctor before starting any new program.
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