In the last post we looked at how new mamas can make time for exercise. Now, what if you have...
In the last post we looked at how new mamas can make time for exercise. Now, what if you have no idea where to even start when it comes to post-pregnancy exercise? No worries, following is a quick run-down of what you should be doing. Cardio: Effective cardio is exercise that gets you moving and gets your heart pumping. I'm talking walking, running, biking, and swimming. You can even take a fun approach and try things like jumping on a trampoline, kicking a soccer ball with your older kids (or partner), or my two personal favorites - Frisbee and in-line skating. Cardio doesn't need to be dull. You should do at least 30 minutes of cardio four times a week, but if you can fit six days in then go you! It's best to do all your cardio at once, because it builds up your ability to workout and provides maximum calorie burning, but studies show that breaking up your cardio time is still healthy and better than not doing cardio at all. Strength: At least three times a week you should try some basic strengthening exercises - lifting 5-10 lb weights or using a resistance band or stability ball are easy and effective ways for new mamas to strength train. If you're not interested in investing in equipment, you could also do some basic push-ups and squats. *NOTE you should never work the same muscles two days in a row. Always skip a day between muscle groups. Stretching: Everyone needs to stretch. Stretching feels great, keeps your body looking leaner, and helps you to stay injury-free and fluid while working out. You can safely stretch every single day, but at the very least you should always stretch after cardio. Stretching can also include light yoga. If you're brand new to exercise, you can get a great beginners exercise DVD or talk to a fitness professional at a gym. Also, as a new mama you need to make sure your health care provider gives you the go-ahead to exercise.

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