It’s officially time to honor the hardest working person on the planet: MOM! Mom’s duties are far-reaching and never ending, and are mixed with a touch of unconditional tough love.
While the gift of motherhood is beyond all expectations and such a blessing, moms have to be committed emotionally, mentally AND physically. Having a baby and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is challenging, but highly doable. I’m a mother of three teenage boys, owner and creator of my own business, and I can tell you firsthand that with time, attention and careful planning, you can have it all. For today, let’s discuss getting our pre-pregnancy bodies back.
Whether your due date is looming like Alesandra Ambrosio, or you’re post-birth like Jessica Alba and Beyoncé, getting back in shape is most likely on your mind the entire time you’re carrying your precious bundle. During those nine months, you repeatedly ask yourself, “How will I lose the weight?”
My advice is to chip away, and make small, attainable goals.
A few of my favorite workout tips are:
- Go for a walk and take the baby; fresh air does wonders for all.
- Do 25 lunges on each leg everyday for heart rate and muscle tone.
- Hold your baby and do 20 standing squats each day. Having your baby in your arms raises your heart rate, and the baby’s weight increases the intensity.
- Lie on the ground and do a bench press holding your baby (post-burping so you don’t get a face full – HAHAHA!)
- Put the baby in a Baby Bjorn and hop on the treadmill for a slow walk.
You can fit all of these ideas somewhere in your day, so NO excuses. Visualize your new body and enjoy your baby Time flies and they grow fast, so take time together. My favorite mantra is, “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy,” so take care of yourself to be the best mom you can be. Of course, NEVER start a fitness routine post-birth until you’ve checked with your OB/GYN and have gotten the go-ahead.
And remember, a sane mom is a great mom: Try to keep yourself cool, calm and collected. Gaiamtv.com has some simple meditation and relaxation videos that are perfect for calming the mind. Check out: Kia Miller Pranayama and Meditation and Simple Steps to a Balanced and Natural Pregnancy.
Good luck and stay inspired!
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Gwen’s unique combination of dance, massage and yoga training experience, coupled with her extensive knowledge of anatomy and nutrition, provides her clients with overwhelming benefits. Gwen is the yoga instructor for 5 NY Pro teams. Her writing appears in Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Fitness Magazine, Shape Magazine, Yoga Journal, Details, shape.com, and espn.com. She makes regular appearances on NBC’s TODAY show, and Good Day New York. She was featured in June’s ESPN Magazine as the “Best Innovation in Sports Medicine,” and is a featured “Super Ambassador” for GaiamTV.com.
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