Exercise might be the last thing on your mind after you give birth, but it's worthwhile. In fact, exercise after pregnancy might be one of the best things you can do for yourself. Follow these tips to keep exercise after pregnancy safe.
Benefits of exercise after pregnancy
Regular exercise after pregnancy can:
-Promote weight loss, particularly when combined with reduced calorie intake
-Improve your cardiovascular fitness
-Restore muscle strength and tone
-Condition your abdominal muscles
-Boost your energy level
-Improve your mood
-Help prevent and promote recovery from postpartum depression
Better yet, including physical activity in your daily routine helps you set a positive example for your child now and in the years to come.
Physical activity goals
For most healthy women, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity � preferably spread throughout the week � after pregnancy. Consider these guidelines:
-Take time to warm up and cool down.
-Begin slowly and increase your pace gradually.
-Drink plenty of fluids.
-Wear a supportive bra and, if you're breast-feeding, nursing pads in case your breasts leak.
-Avoid excessive fatigue.
-Stop exercising if you feel pain.
Remember, exercise after pregnancy might not be easy � but it can do wonders for your well-being, as well as give you the energy you need to care for your newborn.