Have you put on a few extra pounds after giving birth? Well, in all honesty, you need to begin the exercise process before you become pregnant. This will help prepare your body for labor and the recovery. If you were pre-occupied or you just procrastinated, there is still hope to get in shape. Beginning a workout regimen is a tough thing to do and sticking with a regimen is a whole different ball game. So, if you are first starting out, you definitely need to take your time (what little you may have), listen to your body, and not over-do it by any means. I understand that lack of time is definitely an excuse, but if there is a will, there is a way.
First off, I recommend starting a walking program. This will slowly, but surely, get your body back “in-tune” and ready for gradually tougher workouts down the road. I recommend a half-hour or so.
Secondly, after you and your body are getting used to the exercise lifestyle, definitely start adding weights and a gradually tougher cardio routine. This will help “tone and tighten” the body while shedding the inches. I recommend hitting the weights for 20 to 30 minutes followed by at least a half-hour of cardio.
Below is a routine that may help you get back to the old you or even better, the new you! I recommend starting out with two sets of 20 repetitions, but listen to your body and don’t over-do it. Good Luck!
April 24th, 2009