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Exposing The Most Common Postpartum Fitness Myths

Exposing The Most Common Postpartum Fitness Myths

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Exposing The Most Common Postpartum Fitness Myths
Exposing The Most Common Postpartum Fitness Myths

If you’re a mom you’ve probably come across so many different posts on social media about “getting your pre-baby body back”. I’m a big believer in taking it slow, allowing your body enough time to heal after having a baby, and to not always buy into all the hype when it comes to easing back into your fitness routine.

It can be quite overwhelming when you start to do your research about what to do when you are ready to start exercising again. There are a lot of myths out there when it comes to postpartum fitness, so hopefully this post can help debunk the most common ones out there and save you from doing all the work!

Myth #1

Myth #1: You can tighten your tummy after having a baby by committing to crunches every day.

This is one of the biggest misconceptions out there. In fact, crunches can be a big no-no for moms who have diastasis recti! There is so much more you can do to help restore your core and it starts with seeing a pelvic floor physiotherapist. That mommy pooch isn’t going anywhere if you’re only doing crunches at night.

Myth #2

Myth #2: You only need cardio to get back to your pre-baby weight.

A lot of mothers succumb to the treadmill or hit the pavement every chance they get just to see that number change on the scale. While cardio is great, resistance training can actually burn more calories. There has been research that shows that after a strength training session, you can actually boost your metabolism for much longer post workout and also burn more calories for an extended period of time. PS – lifting will NOT make you huge, so don’t be afraid to pick up that weight!

MYTH #3

Myth #3: You need to work out for hours and seven days a week to get results.

Firstly, I don’t know any mother who has hours and hours to spend exercising. The good news is that you actually don’t have to do that! You can break up your exercise throughout the day doing ten minutes at a time, three to five times a day. You will still achieve amazing health benefits. During nap-time, squeeze in a little HIIT session in the family room and then do another ten minutes going for a walk at the park with your mini. It’s that simple and it doesn’t have to be hours on end.

Myth #4

Myth #4: Exercise more to make up for the food and wine!

Listen, I know we all need a little “mommy juice” in our life, but working out does not give you the green light to overindulge in the vino* and chocolate. I am not saying to deprive yourself, but do make good choices when it comes to nutrition especially if you’re working out. Your body needs balanced meals to support your new level of activity. Your hard work in the gym will shine through if supported with a wholesome eating plan.

*If you are breastfeeding, make sure that you feed before having a cheeky beverage and leave at least a two-hour gap before your next feed.

Myth #5

Myth #5: All mamas can work out 6 weeks postpartum.

Just because your health care professional gave you the go-ahead to work out, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should be throwing yourself back into that hard-core boot camp class you did before! In my opinion, every mother should see a pelvic floor physiotherapist to have a full detailed internal assessment of your pelvic floor. This step is crucial to your postpartum fitness journey! They are experts and can help you ease back into your routine safely!

Most importantly, remind yourself that progress happens over time and not overnight. Keep in mind that you baked a little human for 40 weeks, so don’t rush yourself. Hopefully these myths are a friendly reminder to take it slow and to always listen to your body.

If you have any questions at all about starting your postpartum fitness journey, always seek advice from an expert such as a certified personal postnatal fitness trainer, an accredited dietician or your healthcare provider.

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