How To Get Back Into Shape After Birth

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During pregnancy, you can crave all kinds of foods, sometimes in odd combinations. There are other changes too, all because of a significant surge in hormones.

Women can feel pressured to snap back into shape as soon after birth as possible. We see pictures of post-partum celebrities who within days of giving birth seem to have lost every ounce of ‘baby weight’ they gained.

Articles on celebrity diets and tips on post-pregnancy weight loss litter the pages of women’s magazines.

Start when you are pregnant

It is perfectly natural to gain weight during pregnancy. And we all do it differently. Some women seem to blossom and balloon, whilst other pregnant ladies maintain their lithe shape and enjoy a pert bump.

Some of us gain weight right at the start, others gain it in the final trimester… we could go on but the point is this, just as you probably wouldn’t eat a family sized chocolate cake for breakfast when you are not pregnant, throwing caution to the wind and eating what you want when pregnant is not a wise choice.

Maintain the healthy lifestyle you followed pre-pregnancy but enjoy the odd treat or two.

A helping hand from nature

Once the baby is born, you can drop between 11 and 13lbs of weight instantly. Breastfeeding also helps with the calorie control as feeding your baby uses up over 800 calories a day.

Rest and recuperation is essential but once you have the all clear from the midwife, get back to walking or your gym routine, or whatever exercise you did pre-pregnancy – and start gently.

Rest and sleep

Babies don’t have a set sleep pattern, although others may boast that their little one is sleeping through the night. The point is, their sleep cycle changes and as mum, when baby sleeps, you need to be resting or sleeping too.

Odd sleep patterns cause chaos with the metabolism, making shifting baby weight a little tough. Rest and sleep when you can.

Look at Exercise – enlist a personal trainer

A personal trainer used to be the confines of the rich, but these days most gyms allow you to work one to one with a trainer in order to establish an exercise plan that is perfect for you and your body needs. A personal exercise plan can work within your limitations, can address your personal needs, and can help you to lose weight and get in shape in your own time.

Make sure your personal trainer has the best personal trainer certification that will ensure you are getting the correct, safe advice when it comes to exercise plans – you do not want to be putting your body into any harm as you are getting fit and active again.

Nature’s weight loss remedies

Nature, as you would expect, has many helping hands when it comes to helping your body recuperate post-birth. Many of these remedies, however, are not suitable during pregnancy but once baby is here, why not try;

  • A dash of lime or lemon juice in water, sweetened with honey a couple of times a day can help to lose weight, especially if you have water retention
  • Green tea has excellent weight loss properties
  • Munch of negative calorie snacks such as celery, tomatoes and cucumbers

If you are breastfeeding, remember what you eat passes on to baby so don’t go overboard otherwise you will be battling colic!

Join other mums

Having a baby is an exciting, thrilling time but when reality sets in, you need the support and encouragement, as well as company of other mums. Getting out and about, being part of a group is excellent for focusing on other things other than your weight.

Calorie counting is the answer

You can sup as much green tea as you like but, if your calorie intake is way ahead of your calorie expenditure, shifting the extra lbs you have gained is not going to happen.

Calorie counting is boring, no doubt about it but, with all kinds of calorie counting and fitness apps available, it can be slightly more fun and easier to manage.

Changing attitude to food

You’ve enjoyed pregnancy and your little bundle of joy is here – and you need to get back into a healthy eating routine – and this not only means the food and drink you consume, but when you consume it.

During pregnancy, attitude to food does change. In late pregnancy, portion sizes would have been smaller because you felt ‘full’ and cumbersome with a full-term baby. Now that you can eat normally again, portion sizes increase. It is amazing how many not-so-good habits stay with us.

Eat well at breakfast, get back to eating fish three times a week and opt for lean cuts of meat again. Space your meals over the day so that your calorie intake is evenly spread.

In summary

Your post-pregnancy body can feel very different, certainly for the first few weeks or even months after giving birth. You need to give it chance to heal but you also need to be mindful of making changes that will help you get back into shape both physically and mentally so that you can look forward to the challenges of parenthood.

 

Scoot Your Way to Work: The Benefits of Scooting Instead of Commuting

In today’s world, we’re all too aware of how important it is to remain active. But when we’re working all day and have a list of jobs to do at night, it can be hard to find the time to get active. Furthermore, finding a hobby you enjoy and want to get stuck into can also be difficult, especially when there are so many different fitness classes, sports and regimes available.

However, the answer may lie in a mode of transportation – a scooter! Find out why below:

You’ll Boost Your Fitness Level

Scooting provides you with a fantastic workout as it not only helps you to burn fat and calories, but it also helps to build up your core strength, coordination, stability and agility. Scooting builds your endurance levels and gets your blood pumping, which can only be a good thing!

You Can Scoot to Work

The commute to work is often one of the most boring, tedious parts of our working day, especially when you’re stuck on public transport during a lengthy delay. However, all of this could change if you starting scooting to work. Armed with your nifty little scooter, you can weave your way through the hustle and bustle, getting to work much quicker than you would if you walked. And the great thing is, you’ll also be getting a workout.

However, if scooting to work isn’t a possibility, you could take a scooter with you to go out riding at lunch time. Recent statistic revealed that the average worker only takes a 28-minute lunch break, which could be making them much less productive. Instead, taking a lunch break away from your desk and on your scooter could help to decrease your risk of obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Scooting’s an Affordable Hobby    

Unlike many other hobbies or sports, scooting is a very affordable hobby. Not only are high-quality scooters affordable, but you can pick up spare parts from companies like Proline Skates at an incredibly cheap price. This helps to keep you scooting along but without spending a fortune.

Other key benefits of scooting include how lightweight and portable scooters are, which means you can easily take them with you wherever you go (e.g. on the bus or train to work), and they won’t take up too much room. And, scooting doesn’t require full Lycra suits either, as you can even wear your work getup to ride one – a win, win situation.

 

5 things to consider before you invest in a home gym

Having your very own home gym offers convenience and privacy. You don’t need to travel far just to exercise or have to put up with sweat on machines and gym equipment. But before deciding to ditch the gym and build your own, you might want to look at these five things before investing in a home gym.

Location and space. Do you have enough space at home that can be converted into a home gym? The space consideration is important since this will be a place that will house all the equipment you will need when working out. When choosing a space, consider the biggest equipment that you need to fit inside. If you’ll be using a rack then check typical rack dimensions online or at your local gym. This space should also be an area that you would like to spend time in and one that gets you in a positive mood. If you enjoy natural light then make sure the room lets in plenty of natural light to motivate you in exercising. Proper ventilation is also necessary so the room won’t be hot and stuffy.

 

Budget. Building a home gym involves spending. You have to spend for designing your space as well as for any equipment or machine that you will be using. It is important that you set a budget as to how much are you willing to spend for your home gym. This will keep you in check so that you will be able to monitor your expenses.

Equipment. Before getting the equipment for your home gym, know first what you want to train for or what your workout program is. This way, you will be getting the equipment that will be suited for your workout program and only the equipment that you will need. Invest in quality equipment so that you will be able to use them for a long period of time. A good place to look for equipment would be at auction sites. Also, don’t immediately get the big and expensive equipment unless you are really going to need it in your workout and unless you are going to use it often.

The right fit. Aside from making sure that the equipment you are getting will be able to meet your specific workout needs, check also that the equipment will be able to fit your home gym. Know the measurements of your home gym as well as the equipment before getting it. And because a home gym is not for everyone, consider if you will really be more effective working out at home, if a home gym is a right fit for you. Are you the one who enjoys gym classes or is motivated by other people working out? Will training alone work for you? Evaluate why you would like to invest in a home gym and if it really is for you.

Workout plan. Finally, you need to set your own workout plan or exercise plan. This is a schedule that you need to follow. Create a schedule where you will be able to concentrate on working out and one where you won’t get distracted. If you have little kids around, make sure your husband/wife, as well as the kids, know that you intend to workout during this schedule so that you won’t get distracted. Remember to be consistent and to stick to your schedule so you can achieve positive results.