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The Importance of Exercise Routine for Postpartum Women
11 Jul, 2022

The Importance of Exercise Routine for Postpartum Women

A woman's body undergoes various physical changes as soon as her period of pregnancy begins. Weight increase, structural alterations, and even changes in breathing patterns are all possible. The body does not mysteriously return to its pre-pregnancy state once the baby is delivered. As a result, many new mothers struggle with body image issues. Instead of diving into the deep end of the pool with weight training, body toning workout, and intensive cardio sessions, woman in postpartum should start slowly and progress to a challenging fitness regimen. Here's why you should begin slowly:

Take a breath: Soon after pregnancy, the body is still undergoing various changes. It takes a while for your body to regain normalcy. Throughout this time period, part-taking in strenuous activities like intensive body toning exercise is not good for the long-time health of a woman. Starting slowly with easy breathing exercises is a good way to get back your stamina level without compromising your long-term health goal.

Cut down the lethargy: After months of not hitting the gym, there’s a sense of lethargy that can spurt up. Thus, one begins to push the date of hitting the gym again. This can impact a woman in postpartum’s fitness level. Thus, instead of doing a deep dive with cardio, weight training and body toning exercises, motivate yourself with small exercises with low bars of achievement. This will start a loop of positive reinforcement and help cut down the lethargy. Eventually, will help one to restart their regular gym sessions without taking a long break in between.

Cesarean moms: Unlike the recovery rate of other moms who have undergone normal delivery, the recovery rate for cesarian moms differs. Thus, certain physical movements are allowed only after a doctor’s clearance. Instead of risking long-term health jeopardy by trying to jump-start start a workout routine to bounce back to your earlier body, give yourself some time. Meanwhile, you can continue with lighter exercises in consultation with your doctor and trainer. After the recovery period is over you can restart with all the body shaping and toning workouts to bounce back into a fitter version of yourself.

Ignoring poor form: Muscles that were weakened, tightened, and overstretched during pregnancy have an impact on alignment and shape afterwards. While mothers who used to work out hard may find it simpler to get back into shape. However, this is not always the case. When resuming an exercise, one must acknowledge their limitations with a newer form. Thus, set challenges as per their newer body. When you start slow you can address your poor form easily, without overexerting your body with weight shedding exercises, body toning workouts and weight training. It will help you to get back in the rhythm.

Thus, in the first few months of the postnatal period instead of plunging deep into the workout pool, it is easier to start slow. Let your body recover before you start the bounce-back process. Do not compare your rate of bounce back with others, let your recovery be slow but steady, for a healthier bounce-back journey.

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