Perhaps the hardest time to exercise is after giving birth, for a variety of reasons that I’m sure are all familiar to you if you have recently delivered. You’re exhausted and sore, with barely a second to sit down. You’d like to start getting back in shape, but have no idea where to start.
The best way is to find a trainer who has done this many times before with women of all ages! After delivery, your core muscles are stretched out and kinda squishy. You definitely don’t want to subject them to too much force, as in jogging or doing intense core work like situps. You have to start easy and gentle! You also have to consider if you delivered naturally or with a C-section. Did you carry twins? Did you have any complications? These will all affect your post natal exercise choices.
As a trainer, I first do a thorough evaluation, then focus on re-building some basic strength in your core, by developing proper breathing patterns that often get disrupted in pregnancy. I use a technique called Hypopressives (TM), which, along with improving your breathing and posture, reduces any rectus diastasis and closes up the pelvic floor. Improving pelvic floor strength is extremely important for post natal health.
Along with Hypopressives, making you strong and resilient is also important. You don’t even need to have a set of weights at home! There are hundreds of awesome body-weight exercises you can do that will greatly improve your fitness level. As a Leaside-resident father of two small kids, I know what it’s like to have no time to yourself, and can offer advice and direction on what you can do to improve your health and well-being.
If you have any questions, send me a note at [email protected]