You’ve had so many kids, and you’re now wondering what to do about all that weight you’ve gained. On average, women put on 25 to 30 pounds after pregnancy. You may have been eating for two back then, but you can’t use that excuse after so many years. Now is the time to eat right and get back into shape. With exercise, patience, and consistency, it can happen. A safe rate of weight loss would be a pound within a week or two. Remember, the benefits of exercise don’t happen overnight. Don’t just think of the weight loss; keep other health advantages in mind.
Why do you need to go back to the treadmill? First of all, the body releases endorphins during exercise. Give yourself a natural feel-good dose with simple routines and short walks. Not only will you lose weight, you’ll also look younger. Plus, simple exercises lead to the next steps in toning those abdominal muscles. Exercise aids in strengthening key muscles and brings them back to its younger form.
If you’ve lead an active lifestyle before and after giving birth, congratulations are in order. You will reap the rewards of your hard work sooner, and bouncing back will be easier. You’re probably itching to hit the gym once again, but make sure that you go get the go signal from your doctor before you start regular workouts. Keep in mind that your body has gone through a lot of changes and it needs time to adjust, especially when it has stayed idle for too long. You don’t want to push yourself too hard and lower your resistance, because the recuperation time can take too long. Don’t worry too much because patience and consistency will go a long way.
Although you may have constantly thought of ways to shake off the weight, never resort to crash diets. A well-balanced diet is your best option. Your body experienced too many changes over the years: abdominal muscles have stretched, skin has expanded, and your pelvic wall has been exerted (perhaps even more than once). You must help your body recover and repair with good nutrition. You can start by choosing energy-giving food such as brown rice, and whole grain pasta and bread. Pick fish and chicken over meat as they are easier to digest. They are also good sources of protein. And as much as possible, stay away from sweets. Instead, eat fruits that are high in vitamin C to increase your resistance and to satisfy your cravings for sweets. Opt for low-fat dairy as it also provides calcium without the extra amount of calories. Lastly, always go for vegetables that supply the vitamins and minerals your body uses for staying fit.
Aside from cardio, amazing tummy-reducing exercises are pelvic tilts and abdominal squeezes. Listen to your body all the time and monitor how you feel. If you get tired, never hesitate to take a break. Dizziness and shortness of breath are signs for you to stop. Try again the next day and gradually increase your time. Soon, everything will seem effortless. Just take it nice and slow, but stay motivated at all times.