If you’re anything like most moms, you are ready for that baby weight to be gone, like, the moment you deliver the baby. If you just had a baby, you are probably ready to get back in shape. However, it can be hard with a newborn, and let’s face it, you’re probably exhausted! Read on for some simple, easy, low impact exercises that you can do at home! (Of course, make sure to get your doctor’s okay before starting to exercise again after baby!) Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Yep, it’s that simple. After having a baby, walking is one of the easiest and most effective exercises you can do to lose weight and build up your strength again. If you have a treadmill, that’s fine, but if not, strap that newborn into a stroller, or even better, into a wrap or baby carrier (hello! it’s like having a free weight!) and take off around the block. Getting some fresh air can also be great for new moms, so go for a walk and kill two birds with one stone.
One of the most popular and easiest yoga poses for beginners! Get on your hands and knees on your mat, then slowly walk your knees back until they are behind your hips. Inhale, tuck your toes, and then exhale slowly. Straighten your legs and bring them up towards the ceiling. Hold this pose for 3-5 seconds, and then slowly lower yourself back down. Repeat a few times if you feel like it.
These things are the bane of my existence, but man, do they work! Lie on your back on your mat, with your hands clasped behind your head. Bring your right knee up towards your chest, and extend your left knee. Bring yourself up and bring your left elbow towards your right knee, like you are trying to make them touch. Alternate back and forth with your legs and your elbows, like you are riding a bicycle. I promise, you will really feel this one!
Planking is a great strength building exercise, plus it is low impact for new moms! Get on your hands and knees, then straighten your arms and legs until you are in a planking position. Rest your entire body on your toes and the palms of your hand. Hold this position for as long as you can, at least thirty seconds. Repeat. When this gets easy for you, you can try extending one of your arms while you do it, so all of your weight is on your toes and one arm.
It doesn’t get much more basic than this! Grab an old fashioned hula hoop, and get at it! Hula hooping can help to increase your core strength, and give you some cardio! Best part? It’s free, it’s fun, and it will take you back to your childhood!