When you’re living with a new baby, you have enough to worry about beyond the way you look. You don’t have the time or energy to work in extensive workouts and if you’re still healing then you certainly won’t be able to power through your old routine at the gym. There are tons of great ways for you to be able to beat the baby weight, but here are a few that you can use to slim your waistline down in a month or so, and start to feel like yourself again.
The key is to be able to focus on a little bit of fitness whenever you can fit it in. Instead of trying to complete a long workout, try to break your workout down into sets of exercises that you can do, here and there throughout the day. Certainly, you’ll be able to take the baby carriage out for a walk now and again to get your cardio and to give you and your baby some fresh air, but the rest of the time, you can squeak in five or ten minutes of exercises to bring down the extra inches from your waistline.
The first thing for you to do is to speak with your doctor about the types of workout that you should be doing. Ask if you are ready to start exercising again and receive some recommendations. Once you’re healed enough to get moving, even a few reps done in your bare feet can help to burn off the excess baby weight and bring you back toward your former shape again.
The first move is to work on your abs, your obliques (the muscles that run up the sides of your body) and your legs. Lie on the floor, face-up, with your body propped up on your forearms so that you’re reclining instead of lying on your back. Your elbows should be bent at a 90 degree angle. Bend your knees so that your feet are near your body and your toes just touch the floor, pointed. Keep your body still and angle your knees to the right and extend your legs in a slow kicking motion, then bend them back to you again. Repeat this motion to the left as though you’re doing a can-can with both legs. One rep involves a kick to the right and a kick to the left. Build toward two sets of 8 repetitions.
Another great move works on your butt and your abs. Lie face-up on the floor and bend your knees with your feet flat on the floor. Rest your arms at your sides, palms down on the floor. Now, lift your hips up from the floor until your body makes a straight diagonal line from your shoulders up to your knees. Hold this for 10 to 30 seconds, then lower. That is one rep. When you’ve built up some strength, extend one leg until it is straight and slowly raise and lower it without moving the angle of your hip. Repeat 8 times, then lower, then do the other leg. Do two sets of 8 repetitions.
With these great exercises, baby weight will be gone before you know it.