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8 Tips For Women To Lose Weight After Pregnancy

8 Tips For Women To Lose Weight After Pregnancy

I am a mum of two, and my kids are just 22 months apart. So I know the dilemma all new mothers go through couple of months after the delivery when they see that instead of losing weight, they are gaining more. That’s all right. You have time to lose weight. Around this time, (I would strongly advice) please do not take celebrity moms as your ideals, because they take EXTREME measures to lose down all those fats from their bodies, and more importantly, their photos are all photoshopped. So, as I was saying, you can take time, or, if you are in a hurry to get back to your good ol’ shape, then there are many exercises that will eventually slim you down.

Here is a first-hand experience of a mother who has successfully shed  her extra weight in 33 days. This is only to inspire you not to stay frustrated with those extra body mass, and do something about it. After my first pregnancy, it took me eight months before I started to shed some extra fat. Now, let me tell you one thing. You can not cut down on food, because for the first six months, your baby’s meals entirely depends on you. Yes, I am talking about breastfeeding. So, this brings me to my first two points:

1. Say no to “No Food”.

This means no dieting, please! If you are frustrated with your weight, then dieting is not your thing. It is mainly because your body needs proper nutrients to help you recover from the delivery stress, for feeding your baby, and also to fight against infections. So, all you need is a very well balanced diet plan. Go to your dietician, and ask them to make you a proper chart. You should eat every kind of nutritious food to ward off your hunger. Munch on healthy snacks. Frustration will lead to more weight. That’s the last thing you want to do now.

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2. Breastfeed to slim down.

Lots of women have successful stories on how breastfeeding has helped them to cut down on their weight. It is sort of true in the sense that when you breastfeed, 300-500 calories are burnt. It is a form of exercise both for the mother, and the baby. But do remember point number one from above. No dieting, no reduction of food intake. Because, you will get energy from whatever extra kilojoules you eat, and from your body’s existing fat stores. In this way, you are shedding extra fat from your body. For your convenient, here’s a diet for a breastfeeding mum.

Besides healthy eating, and breastfeeding, comes the physical part of the exercises. These exercises are simple, but effective. You would need to sweat your fats out. So here are some exercises that will shape you back to the old you.

3. Go walking.

This exercise is an old routine, which you can start right after your delivery. Begin slowly, but gain your pace once your body is pain-free, and relaxed. Start with small steps. Walk for fifteen to twenty minutes. Once you are comfortable, increase your time. Half an hour to one hour of rigorous walking is good enough for one day.

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4. Kegel up whenever, wherever.

Kegel is a classic exercise. The reason why this is important is because this will help you to tone your pelvic muscles. The best form of doing this is, sit on a bench. Make sure your feet are shoulder-width apart. Put your hands on the hips. Now, contract your pelvis muscles, as if you are halting from urinating. Stand up. Now return to bench, and release. Do this 10 times per session, everyday. This is the actual way of doing kegel. But if you can’t exercise the proper way, then just do it while you squeeze in some time to watch television, or even during traveling while you are waiting in the signal.

5. Draw deep belly breath.

This specific exercise is specially dedicated to your abdominal, and stomach areas. Another beginner’s exercise, you can also start doing this couple of hours after your childbirth. Just sit straight, and breathe deeply. You have to inhale deep from the diaphragm. While doing this, contract, and hold your abs tightly. When you breathe out, stay relaxed. When you hold your breath, you can count the seconds. Start from 10 seconds, and gradually increase the time as you go. This can also be done whenever or wherever you are, and no one would even notice that you are exercising!

6. Work the floor bridges.

Floor bridges will target your hamstrings, and butt. What you have to do is lie down on the floor with your knees bent, and feet flat on the floor, arms by your sides. Contract your core muscles, and squeeze your butt to raise from the ground. Press your heels on the floor. Now, do the kegel exercise. Hold for 3-4 seconds, and slowly return to floor. Release the kegel exercise. You can repeat this 10 times at first, and can increase it to 20 times if you feel good.

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7. Do the kneeling pelvic tilt.

This exercise is good for your stomach, abdominal muscles, and can relief you from back pain. Get on all fours, with your toes touching the floor. Your arms should be exactly straight down from your shoulder line, palms connecting with the floor as well. Stay relaxed, and straight. Now, breathe in, and pull your butt forward, lean you pelvis, and move around your pubic bone upward. Stay like this for 3 seconds, and let go.

8. Exercise the crunch beat.

Another easy exercise that targets your abdominal muscles, and legs. Lie flat on a mat, bend your knees 90 degrees, and lift your legs. Make sure your calves are parallel to the ground. Put your hands behind your head, elbows out, and crunch up. Lift up your shoulders. Next step, extend your legs straight forward, cross your ankles, and stretch your hands overhead. Stay like this while you shift your legs over, and under each other for 8-10 times. Relax, and repeat.

These are some basic, easy exercises that can boost your energy in getting into your original shape pre-pregnancy. For your benefits, here are some bonus tips for you. Drink plenty of water, especially right before you breastfeed. Drinking water will aid you in keeping yourself hydrated, will clear your urine, and speed up your metabolism. Another important thing is to get enough sleep. I know that the first few months will be super hectic, but I would recommend you to catch up on sleep whenever possible. Sleeping can release stress hormones, which is another reason for gaining weight.

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Follow these simple life hacks and you will enjoy your post pregnancy periods. Don’t distress yourself on unnecessary thoughts, just appreciate your new role. This is a life changing experience, and a healthy you is what is required to experience it. Here is a first-hand

Featured photo credit: Nick Koch Weiler via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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