Tips for exercising post pregnancy
Regardless of all the prepping and planning, it often feels like it takes all day simply trying to leave the house…let alone get to a gym to exercise. By the time I have packed the diaper bag, prepared the snacks and loaded the car, working out is clearly the last thing on my mind.
Regardless of all the prepping and planning, it often feels like it takes all day simply trying to leave the house…let alone get to a gym to exercise. Although you might want to lose some of your pregnancy weight, exercising post pregnancy may not be how you want to spend you day.
By the time I have packed the diaper bag, prepared the snacks, loaded the car and returned home because I forgot the “blankie”… exercising post pregnancy clearly the last thing on my mind.
But exercise doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing proposition to deliver good results. With just a minute here and five minutes there, you can end the week with calorie burning that makes a difference.
Here are ten easy ways you can be exercising post pregnancy!
Take the stairs whenever possible. If there are too many stairs to climb in order to reach your destination, start by climbing up one or two flights before hopping on the elevator.
Stretch while taking a shower. One of the greatest benefits of stretching is that you’re able to increase your range of motion, which means your limbs and joints can move further before an injury occurs.
Practice proper posture. Standing tall makes you contract dozen of muscles. Muscle contraction burns calories and builds muscle.
Whenever you're standing, do a butt squeeze (tighten, hold for two seconds, release) repeated 10 to 15 times. This will tighten your tush and burn additional calories.
Park further away and walk to stores.
Walk to do short errands. Not just are you burning calories here, you are helping to save mother earth!
The next time you're carrying your grocery bags from your car, perform a series of biceps curls as you do. Keep your elbows at your sides and palms up as you hold the handles. Curl your groceries toward your shoulders. Lower and repeat until you get to your car or until your biceps tire out.
Before you open up a couple of cans of soup at mealtime, do a few lateral raises to tone your shoulders. Holding a can in each hand, stand tall with your arms at your sides. Lift your arms up so your arms and body form a "T" pose.
When it's commercials time, skip the trip to the fridge, and sneak in a set of crunches instead. Lie on the floor, tighten your abdominals, and then perform your favourite abdominal exercise 10 to 15 times. You'll be burning off during break time instead of adding on.
Dance with your kids. Instead of watching a cartoon with them, switch on some R N B and shake your booty. You'll be surprised at how much calories you burn and the amount of fun you have!
Get up to change the television channels instead of using the remote control.
Let us know if you have any more tips on exercising post pregnancy in the comments below!
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